Conspiracy Timeline of The X-Files
Four and a Half Billion Years Ago
A rock is blasted off the surface of Mars by a meteor impact. After
floating in space, it eventually enters the atmosphere of Earth, and lands
in Siberia. It contains dormant biological organisms capable of entering
living bodies. (Terma and NASA)
Millions of Years Ago, or more
A virus sometimes known as the Black Oil and that has the ability to
take control of humanoid species is the "original inhabitant" of the
planet Earth, according to the Well Manicured Man. He adds that aliens
came, also apparently millions of years ago. Those that didn't leave have
been dormant since the last Ice Age, waiting for the Colonists.(Movie)
Two human hunters follow a line of footprints through the snow and
enter an ice cave in what is now northern Texas, during the last ice age.
The footprints are three-toed, implying that they are not human. Inside
the cave, they find another of their kind, encased in ice. They are
attacked by a highly aggressive creature -- an alien. The alien is hard
to see, but is based on a reptilian "grey" alien. The first human is
killed, but the second kills the alien. Black Oil pours out of the dead
alien and enters the body of the human. (Movie)
Contradictory evidence suggests that around this year an
Extraterrestrial Biological Entity may have been frozen in ice near a
glacier in the Yukon Territory. The body found there in 1997 may also be a
A religious sect settles near Steveston, Massachusetts. They believe
in complete isolation from other people, except for the occasional visit
to the Steveston feed store. Actually, they (apparently) are aliens, with
the ability to change sex and to emit massive amounts of pheromones that
can, among other things, create extreme sexual desire in humans.
There is limited evidence that other enclaves of aliens may exist in other
parts of the country, such as Georgia. (The Unnatural)
Marjorie Butters is born, according to the claim of the Smoking Man in
the episode En Ami. She will still be alive in the year 2000, and will be
offered as proof that the Smoking Man has technology that can end human
disease and prolong life.
June 30, 1908
At Tunguska, in Russian Siberia, a huge explosion occurs, laying waste
to a huge geographic area. No scientific study team reaches the site
until 1927. It finds fallen trees in a pattern radiating outward from a
central point. No crater is found. It is generally considered to be an
explosion of a very large meteor or a small comet. (Historical)
The Well Manicured Man is born, based on age of actor John Neville.
Arthur Dales is born, based on age of Darrin McGavin, and the fact
that the young Dales in Travelers looked like he was in his early to
Bill Mulder is born, based on age of actor Peter Donat.
Circa this date, Cigarette Smoking Man is born. (Based on being an
adult in 1953, as seen in 731.)
Amy Cassandra is born. She will eventually believe that she is the
victim of alien abductions. (Demons)
Teena Mulder is born circa this year.
A series of photographs is taken of The Kindred, a sect of religious
isolationists in Pennsylvania. In 1994, many of the same faces will be
seen on the Kindred farm. They are apparently from another world.
Josh Exley is born in the Macon, Georgia, area. He will disappear
at age 6. (The Unnatural)
Scientists of Germany's Third Reich conduct a series of experiments on
unwilling human subjects. Generally reviled as inhumane and barbaric,
they were intended to be the basis for a eugenics program to improve the
After Germany surrenders, many of the scientists of the German
eugenics program are brought to the United States as part of Operation
A German industrialist named Strughold flees Germany, apparently after
the downfall of the Reich. He takes up residence in Tunis. (Movie) (Note
that exactly when Strughold fled Germany is vague. Instead of the end of
WWII it is possible that is happened later and with different
circumstances, such as from postwar Communist East Germany.)
Margaret Scully is born circa this year.
The Philadelphia Experiment may have begun as early as this year.
Scully later says it was an effort to make battleships invisible to radar
during World War II, but as the Manhattan Project heated up, it was
de-emphasized. She says most of the scientists were relocated to Los
Alamos, but Mulder claims most never made it there, and were transferred
to Roswell, New Mexico instead.
A Japanese medical unit, 731, conducts human experimentation similar
to that of German Victor Klemperer, experimenting on human subjects.
Takeo Ishimaru is a leader of the effort.(731)
Also sometime in 1942 six year old Josh Exley disappears from Macon,
Georgia. At about the same time, an adult black man calling himself Josh
Exley shows up in Roswell, NM, and begins playing baseball in the Cactus
League. The adult Exley is a gray alien, shape-changed to appear human,
because he has fallen in love with the game of baseball. The aliens do not
allow participation in such games and he leaves "his family" without
permission, planning to play in the cactus league because the scrutiny of
the major leagues could compromise the secret of his background. An alien
bounty hunter becomes a Macon police officer, planted to watch for missing
person reports of the name Josh Exley, since apparently the aliens do not
read sports news about minor league baseball. (The Unnatural)
April 26, 1945
The Joint Chiefs of Staff issue Order 1067 to General Dwight David
Eisenhower to "preserve from destruction and take under your control
records, plans, documents, papers, files and scientific, industrial and
other information and data belonging to...German organizations engaged in
military research." The effort is known as Operation Paper Clip and
includes 127 German scientists and engineers including Werner von Braun.
Apparently included in this group is Victor Klemperer, who had
conducted gruesome experiments on Jewish prisoners in concentration camps.
There are allegations he may have experimented on combining human and
alien DNA, then or later. (731 & Nisei)
Early August 1945
A B-29 transporting a nuclear bomb similar to those used on Japan, and
an escort squadron of P-51 Mustangs, crash after an encounter with a
triangular-shaped UFO, known to pilots as a Foo Fighter, that also
crashes, at 171E, 42N, part way between the western Hawaiian Islands and
the Aleutians. (Date is based on Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, followed
by Japanese surrender August 14, 1945.)
The United States submarine Zeus Faber, under Captain Sandford and XO
Johansen, is dispatched to locate the planes, which it does. When a
Japanese destroyer approaches, the submarine hides on silent running, and
crew members develop radiation burns. Sandford is taken over by an alien
that can occupy human bodies, and appears to the crew to be acting
irrationally. The alien resides in 50 weight diesel oil, as a medium.
When it occupies a human body, it gives the appearance of diesel oil
within the eyeball.
Johanson seals the Captain in the ward room, and takes the submarine
back to Pearl Harbor. The other crew in the ward room kill Sandford, and
diesel oil evacuates the body. Of 144 men, only 7 survive, some of whom
are hospitalized for years. They never receive an explanation. Johansen
remains on active duty, so apparently is not disciplined for technical
The UFO, the aircraft and the nuclear bomb are all left in place on
the ocean floor. The alien may or may not have returned to America.
(Piper Maru, Apocrypha, 731 & Nisei)
September 20, 1945
German scientists from the V2 base at Peenemunde in the US under
Operation Paper Clip arrive at Fort Strong, Mass. The first group of
seven men includes Werner von Braun. Many of the Germans are eventually
relocated to White Sands, New Mexico, where 100 captured V2 rockets are
reassembled and tested. (Historical)
December 3, 1946
Bert and Loretta Barry's first child is born in Greensboro, NC. The
boy, who would later become an FBI agent as an adult, is christened
Duane. (Duane Berry)
June 29-July 2, 1947
One of two brothers named Arthur Dales (not the one in the FBI in the
1950s) is a police officer in Roswell, NM, and is assigned to protect
negro baseball star Josh Exley from racist threats that the game of
baseball should be kept white. Exley plays for an all-negro team called
the Roswell Grays. Dales ends up traveling on the team bus, and at night,
in a lightning storm, Exley's reflection in the bus window appears to be
the image of a gray alien. The next day, during a game, Exley is hit on
the head with a ball and knocked out. He murmers words in an unknown
language and claims to be from Macon, Georgia. Dales finds green acid on
the glove used to cushion Exley's head and sends it off to be tested.
Dales calls the Macom police and learns that Josh Exley was a six year old
child that disappeared about the time Exley arrived in Roswell. The Macon
police officer Dales talks with is really a bounty hunter. Exley denies to
Dales that he was ever in Macon. Dales thinks Exley "tanked" the game
that day because American League scouts were there and he did not want to
be recruited into the major leagues, because Exley has a secret.
That night, Dales sees a gray alien in Exley's room, wearing a baseball
cap and holding a bat. Dales faints at the sight, but the alien wakes him
up and tells him he is Exley -- this is his real face. Exley morphs into a
pretty girl to prove his claim. The next day they talk more. Exley says
his people guard their privacy and don't allow intermingling, but when he
discovered baseball he immediately fell in love. The bounty hunter
arrives in Roswell, looking for Exley. Posing as Exley, he goes to the lab
and kills the lab technician who was testing the acid on the glove. Dales
finds Exley and warns him that a witness claims he killed a man. Exley
says he talked "with his family" and they want him to come home. He
leaves, supposedly to go back home, and several "men in black" question
Exley actually, however, returns to the baseball team and plays a night
game. After a home run, several men in the white sheets of the Ku Klux
Klan and carrying guns ride up on horses. Exley has gotten too good and
the KKK wants to keep the game of baseball white-only. They threaten
Exley, but the white baseball team overcomes the klansmen, one of whom,
knocked unconscious, is seen to be a gray alien. Everyone else runs off
and Exley confronts the bounty hunter, who quickly awakes. The bounty
hunter says he warned Exley and tells him to show his true face so he can
die with honor. Exley does not morph. Dales drives up as Exley is killed.
The bounty hunter escapes and Dales concentrates on Exley, who is dieing.
Exley warns Dales that his blood is like acid, but Dales finds only red
blood. Exley apparently loved the game of baseball so much that it
transformed him into a human, but Mulder can't figure out if the story is
metaphorical. (All events described by Dales to Mulder in The
July 4, 1947
The alleged Roswell New Mexico UFO incident, on or about this date.
On July 8 a news release is issued from Roswell Army Air Field claiming
to have recovered a crashed "disk." The following day, however, another
news release says it was actually the remains of a weather
balloon. (Historical accounts.)
Deep Throat later says that alien DNA was first obtained in 1947, but
that Roswell was a smoke screen, and that a half dozen better samples were
obtained between 1947 and 1994. (The Erlenmeyer Flask)
In The Unnatural, Mulder said Josh Exley disappeared without a trace,
although he was seen to be killed by the bounty hunter. Did the men in
black recover his body, then stage a UFO hoax to cover their tracks?
In Two Fathers, several references are made to "50 years, since
Roswell." Regardless of whether it was a UFO crash or not, apparently
contact is made at Roswell between the alien colonists and the
As a result of whatever happens at Roswell, a secret government
project begins within the State Department to investigate and study the
aliens. The Project is staffed with German scientists given immunity from
war crimes and allowed to continue the eugenic experiments of the Third
Reich. Japanese scientists also participate in the work.
Less than nine months after the Roswell crash, according to Mulder,
the scientists of the Philadelphia Experiment reportedly cause the USS
Eldridge to disappear from Philadelphia and reappear in Norfolk, Virginia.
Mulder believes they were manipulating naturally-occurring wormholes. (Dod
Deep Throat also says a super-secret meeting of representatives of
many nations meets in 1947 to agree that any alien survivors of UFO
crashes shall be exterminated. (E.B.E.) At another time, he says this
order was from Security Council Resolution 1013. (Musings...)
In End Game, the Samantha clone claimed that two aliens came to
Earth in the 1940s and produced several identical clones as progeny, known
later as the Gregor clones. Samantha claimed that the aliens were
combining human and alien DNA in order to eliminate their identical
nature. She said that they believe that the human stewardship of the
planet is being forsaken and that they will become the natural hiers of
the planet. The clone may have been misleading Mulder, but there may also
be some germ of truth in the story.
September 24, 1947
It has also often been reported that in 1947, the Top Secret US
Government project known as Majestic 12, or MJ-12, is created, possibly by
a special classified executive order of President Truman on 24 September,
1947. According to some reports, membership of MJ-12 included Dr. Detlev
Bronk and Dr. Jerome Hunsaker, names mentioned by Dana Scully in her
Senior Thesis. (Popular reports and Musings...)
Melvin Frohike is born, based on the age of actor Tom Braidwood.
In McMinnville, Oregon, a UFO is photographed above a field. This
photograph is the first picture shown in the X-Files opening credits.
In Christmas Carol, Scully dreams that her mother, Margaret, tells
about being given a cross necklace at about the same age by her mother.
Given Margaret's apparent age, and the ages at which her children were
born, this gift was probably given to Margaret by Dana Scully's
grandmother in the 50s.
Young military officers Bill Mulder and Alvin Kurtzweil are recruited
to "the Project." Kurtzweil eventually becomes disillusioned, and leaves.
He becomes an OB/GYN doctor, and publishes several books about doomsday
ahead, but he is generally discounted. Bill Mulder remains with the
Project for many years, operating under the cover of being employed by the
State Department. Mulder, however, has ethical problems with the way the
Project is run. (Movie)
Walter Sergei Skinner is born. (Date based on the age of actor Mitch
Pileggi, which is consistent with Skinner being in Vietnam at age 18, in
1970. Middle name given in Tunguska.)
Veterans Edward Skur and two other men are told they need surgery for
war wounds. In reality, German scientists working for the US government
graft other living organisms into their bodies. The organisms
occasionally emerge through their mouths and can dissolve all of the
internal tissue of other people. Out of revenge, Skur begins to plot to
kill the German scientists. (Travelers)
Operatives of the conspiracy use positions of power in the House
Un-American Activities Committee to pursue their goals. (Travelers)
June 24, 1952
One of two brothers named Arthur Dale (not the one who was a police
officer in Roswell, NM) and his partner, Agent Hayes Michel, arrest Edward
Skur for failing to appear before the House Un-American Activities
Committee of the US Congress. Dale is later told that Skur has hung
himself in his jail cell and there are photographs that it is later learn
are faked. Dale goes to the Skur home to tell Mrs. Skur of her husband's
death, but encounters Edward Skur there. They struggle and Dale sees
something attempting to emerge from Skur's mouth, but there is a
disturbance and Skur runs off. Dale files his report but the HUAC
prosecutor, Mr. Cohn, convinces him to change his report to not identify
Skur, saying that some things must be kept from the public.
Skur's name keeps coming up in Dale's life. He and Michels are called
to the home of a former German scientist who is dead with all of the
internal organs of his body missing. A note Dale finds there summons Dale
to a secret meeting with Bill Mulder who tells him that Skur is a patriot.
He and two other men had something done to them against their will and
Skur wants vengance. It becomes clear to Dale that HUAC is a cover-up for
a more sinister conspiracy within the American government. Skur thinks
Dale and Michel are part of the plot against him. Dale calls Michel's
home, but Skur has already been there and Michel is dead. Viewers see
some kind of living organism exit Skur's mouth to kill Michel --
apparently entering his body and destroying the internal organs.
Later, when Dale is at the Michel crime scene, Cohn arrives and
proclaims "national security" to have the body removed. Dale investigates
the other two men identified by Bill Mulder. One, Gissing, was found dead
in the last few days alongside another German scientist, whose internal
organs were all missing. An autopsy finds a living organism inside
Gissing's throat, held in by sutures. Dale calls on Mrs. Skur and accuses
her of knowing her husband is still alive. He says Skur was the victim of
Xenotransplantation -- the process of grafting another living organism
into a human body. He says German scientists experimented with it during
WWII. When Dale leaves, Mrs. Skur goes to her husband in a backyard
fallout shelter, the organism emerges from his mouth and kills her.
Dale is taken to J. Edgar Hoover who lectures him about the communist
threat and gives Dales one chance to save himself. He is sent to an
arranged meeting with Skur, wearing a hidden transmitter. Bill Mulder is
one of the escorts to the meeting site. Skur tells Dale that "they" want
Dale dead. They fight and the organism begins to emerge from Skur's mouth
but Dale manages to handcuff Skur and escape death.
Bill Mulder eventually helps Skur escape captivity. (Travelers)
According to Deep Throat, the federal government learns that the
Soviets are experimenting with eugenics in order to attempt to develop a
super soldier. In reaction, the government somehow manages to clone two
people. Eight sets of boy and girl clones are born and raised in a
controlled compound at a place called Litchfield. The project comes to be
called the Litchfield Experiment. The boys are called Adam and the girls
Eve. (Eve -- Deep Throat occasionally lied to Mulder, or distorted the
truth. Details could be different from what he reported.)
Beginning this year, Majestic begins flying aircraft using antigravity
propulsion systems. It is learned that antigravity propulsion operates by
bending space-time. It is also learned that lost time is a common symptom
of close proximity to antigravity propulsion systems.(Dreamland)(Dreamland
is not clear, but the antigravity propulsion system is apparently based on
UFO technology. If so, the technology was apparently obtained after the
August 19, 1953
The last survivor of the ward room of the Zeus Faber is interviewed by
a task force from Washington that includes William Mulder and the
Cigarette Smoking Man. They ask if the crewman considers the oil that
seeped from Captain Johansen to have been an entity. Even this early, the
Smoking Man smokes Morley Cigarettes. (Apocrypha)
Note: Given that Bill Mulder and the Smoking Man are seen as Army
Captains in 1962, they may be junior officers at this time, although they
appear in civilian clothes. (If you believe Musings...)
According to the Bounty Hunter posing as Ambrose Chapel, early in the
cold war the Soviets gain the capability of cloning in a program called
"Gregor." (Colony and end Game)
October 13, 1961
Fox William Mulder is born, son of William and Tina Mulder. The
family home is in Chilmark, on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, near Otis
Air Force Base and Camp Edwards Military Reservation on the mainland.
The family also has a summer home in Qounochontaug, RI, (pronounced
QUAN-uh- kah-tagh) near US Highway 1 in southwest Rhode Island. William
Mulder allegedly works for the State Department, but in fact is deeply
involved in the work of The Conspiracy. Fox presently discovers he is
red-green color blind. (Bill Mulder calls Fox a one year old in a
Musings... scene identified as October 1962. Some fan sources once gave
October 11th as Fox's birthday. The 13th was on the file folder in
Paperclip, and repeated on the driver's license in Small Potatoes.)
In "The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati" the Cigarette Smoking Man
claims to be Fox Mulder's father. Later in the episode, Diana Fowley makes
a statement confirming the claim. The circumstances are not clear.
Melissa Scully is born. (Based on her grave stone, seen in Apocrypha.)
Diana Fowley is born circa this year. (The Official X-Files Site says
she is "in her 30s." 1963 would make her 35 when she first appears in The
At some point early in the Litchfield Experiment, Eve 7 escapes. She
is raised by a geneticist employed by the experiment and grows up
relatively normal, by the standard of the other Eves. She develops the
goal of becoming a geneticist and helping the other Adam and Eve clones
become better adjusted. (Eve)
November 22, 1963
John Fitzgerald Byers is born. His parents name him after the
assassinated President. (Unusual Suspects)
January 22, 1964
Samantha T. Mulder is born. Her smallpox vaccination certificate
(seen in Paper Clip) says the family lives at 62 Greer Street, Martha's
Vineyard, Connecticut (even though the island Martha's Vineyard and the
community of West Tisbury is in Mass.)
February 23, 1964
Dana Katherine Scully is born to William and Margaret "Maggie"
Scully. (One Breath) Her birth certificate (seen in Paper Clip) says the
family lives at 1170 W. 53 Road, Annapolis, MD. (February 23 established
in Lazarus.) Her two brothers are Bill Junior and Charlie. Their exact
ages are unknown, although in "Roland" Dana says one brother is older and
one younger. Dana's older sister, Melissa, was born in 1962. (Apocrypha)
Presumably Bill, Jr., is the eldest son, both because of his name and
because he tends to act like an older brother in various settings.
Takeo Ishimaru reportedly dies, but continues his work in secret,
attempting to combine alien and human DNA. The conspiracy relocates him
to Perkey, West Virginia, under the name Dr. Shiro Zama. He operates a
Hansen's Disease Research facility. Other people are periodically brought
in, kept segregated, and during "treatment" sustain severe burns. (These
burns could result from simple radiation experimentation or from exposure
to alien life, such as found on the Pacific UFO.) (731 & Nisei)
March 16, 1966
The Gemini 8 mission suffers serious thruster malfunctions, causing
the craft to tumble and roll after the first-ever American spacecraft
docking in space. The crew battles the malfunction with manual thrusters,
and eventually aborts the flight for an emergency reentry, landing in the
Western Pacific. The crew consists of Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott.
The episode Space indicates that Astronaut Marcus Aurelius Bolt was on
this flight, and that there was also an oxygen loss. The implication is
that some entity intercepted the spacecraft, and somehow took at least
partial control of Belt's mind. In Space he will be seen to morph
uncontrollably. There are implications that in the future he will be
forced to participate in sabotage of certain space missions.
(When originally broadcast, it was probably the intent that actual
aliens had intercepted Belt in order to keep humans from learning about
their existence in the space nearby Earth. In light of later seasons, the
Conspiracy may well have had reason to limit NASA, and may have used
hypnosis, alien gene therapy treatments and spacecraft based on alien
technology to intercept Gemini 8.)
Ringo Langly is born circa this year. (First name, "Ringo," was not
given on air but is based on an earlier version of the script for Unusual
Marita Covarrubias is born circa this year.
June 6, 1967
Roberta K. Sim is born. Sim will be her married name. Her maiden
name is unknown. She is the future mother of "Emily." (Christmas Carol)
October 13, 1967
This apparent date was seen on a Conspiracy document relating to Dana
Scully. It is unclear what the date might represent in their records. (Emily)
The Litchfield Project discovers that at around age 12 the Adam and
Eve clones begin to develop psychoses. They have been found to have
abnormal strength and IQs up to 265 as the result of having 56
A UFO is seen over Hanoi. The Marines attempt unsuccessfully to shoot
it down. Deep Throat is with "The Company" at this time. (Musings...)
Apparently referring to the same incident, Deep Throat later tells Mulder
that he became one of the three men to have exterminated an alien, with
the CIA in Vietnam. He tells Mulder that the death of that innocent alien
haunts him and that is why he wants the truth to be known. (E.B.E)
Deep Throat may have been blurring the facts, and may have actually
been describing the killing of an alien in 1991. (Musings...)
Samantha Mulder breaks her collar bone, at age 6. (Paper Hearts)
The Adam and Eve clones in the Litchfield Experiment become homocidal.
This may be about the time that Eve 8 escapes. The project is given the
highest level of classified status by the Federal Government and all
records are destroyed. Also around this time, Eve 7 enters college, with
the goal of completing degrees in genetics and medicine. She takes the
name Sally Kendrick. (Eve)(The escape of Eve 8 was given as ten years
after Eve 7 escaped, which was given as early in the history of the
A photograph is taken at a West Virginia mine where medical data on
hundreds of thousands of people is filed. The photo includes Bill Mulder,
German scientist Victor Klemperer, the Smoking Man, the Well Manicured Man
and several other members of the Conspiracy. (Nisei & 731) Development of
this database may have been required prior to the beginning of the
human-alien hybrid program. (Two Fathers, etc.)
John Lee Roche claims to have sold an Electro-vac Princess canister
vacuum cleaner to William Mulder, as a gift for his wife, Tina. In fact,
Mrs. Mulder is given a Princess model, which she takes with her to
Greenwich, Connecticut after her divorce. (Paper Hearts)
October 13, 1973
(This entire date entry is based on One Son.)
State Department staff members have learned that the aliens
encountered at Roswell are planning to colonize Earth in a process that
will kill all humans. For reasons that are not completely clear, the
Colonists negotiate to delay the colonization while the members of the
Project develop both a means of distributing the alien Black Oil virus, as
well as develop a race of human-alien hybrids that is immune to the Black
Oil. The operatives of the project take a vote and agree to work with the
Colonists as a way of stalling for time while they try to develop a
defense against the Black Oil. In this way, the Conspiracy is born, and
the new Consortium is not controlled by any government.
Bill Mulder is the only dissenting vote. When the aliens provide an alien
fetus to the Consortium, providing DNA with which to develop the hybrids,
Mulder devises a plan to use the DNA to create a vaccine, so that the
entire human population might be saved.
When the humans agree to help the Colonists, the aliens demand that each
give up a child or other loved one into the custody of the colonists, with
the promise that they will be returned when the colonization begins. The
plan is that they, as well as the members and other family of the
Consortium, will receive the alien genes and become hybrids themselves.
It is unclear why the Colonists need help from humans, and why they are
willing to wait for years for the hybrids to be developed. It is also
unclear what use the Colonists would have for immune hybrids.
A dark, shadowy organization of people, mostly men, the Consortium
eventually includes members from many countries. Conspiracy leaders and
operatives do not hesitate at murder and other crimes to further the goals
of the Conspiracy. The conspiracy is also also known as the Consortium and
the Syndicate. (Two Fathers, etc.)
Conrad Strughold becomes involved at some point and gains a position of
authority in the Consortium. Meetings involving him are generally held in
London, as opposed to most meetings of the Consportium which are held in
New York. This suggests that he may be unable to legally enter the United
As time goes by, and no vaccine is developed, some members of the
Consortium come to believe that slavery for the human race is better than
death. They become more interested in their personal futures and gaining
preferred status from the Colonists. Other members of the Consortium,
however, apparently remain pure to the original goal of defeating the
In Demons, Mulder experiences a series of flashbacks to events in his
family's summer cottage in Rhode Island during which Bill Mulder
apparently tells his wife that Samantha must be taken. In the flashback,
the Mulders argue and the Smoking Man is present -- at one point calling
young Fox a spy. Closed captioning reveals Mrs. Mulder repeatedly says
"not Samantha," and Bill Mulder says that the orders came down from on
high. Bill Mulder and the Smoking Man also argue during the flashbacks,
which may or may not be true, due to the drugs Mulder received that
induced the flashbacks.
Tina Mulder later (in Demons) says her husband asked her to decide
which child should be taken, but she could not and hated her husband for
making the choice. The evidence in a West Virginia mine indicates that
Fox was originally chosen, but the decision was changed, with Samantha
ultimately taken. Does that mean William Mulder chose Fox to be taken,
and somehow his decision was overridden? Or that Bill changed his mind
about which of his children would grow up to make the best operative
against the Colonists?
November 27, 1973
Samantha Mulder and Cassandra Spender both disappear. On this day
Gerald R. Ford is confirmed as Vice President of the United States. Also
on this date, Rosemary Woods admits that she was responsible for erasure
of some, but not all of the 18 minute gap on a tape recorded in President
Nixon's office. (Historical)
The date is given in the episode Conduit, which gives Samantha's
address at the time as 2790 Vine Street, Chilmarc, Mass, different from
the address on her smallpox vaccination certificate. It is repeated in
Two Fathers and One Son, which makes clear that both women were taken on
the same day.
Cassandra Spender, wife of C.G.M. Spender, is later confirmed to have
been kidnapped repeatedly by the government conspiracy, working to make
her a human-alien hybrid. C.G.M. Spender is later determined to be an
alias of the Cigarette Smoking Man. (Two Fathers) Someone who is
apparently Cassandra is seen in One Son preparing to enter the alien
spacecraft along with other loved ones of the Consortium members. Either
this delivery of family members took place after November 27th or it was
not really Cassandra seen on screen.
Samantha is said in One Son to have been taken later than the others,
because Bill Mulder delayed "coming to his senses" about the plan. In the
X-Files Movie novelization, the Well Manicured Man tells Fox Mulder that
his father refused to believe that victory against the Colonists consists
of merely staying alive. WMM says that Samantha was abducted, to be taken
to a cloning program so she would become immune and survive. WMM also
says that Bill Mulder's hope for FOX was that he would uncover the truth
about the Project and do everything possible to stop it.
It is unclear why Cassandra was apparently taken by the aliens but
returned for experimentation.
Samantha is taken just as her older brother, Fox, is getting ready to
watch his favorite TV program, The Magician, starring Bill Bixby. Their
parents are next door, visiting the Galbrands. (Little Green Men) In
Conduit, Mulder's voice on his hypnosis tape says as Samantha is being
taken, he hears a voice in his head saying she will return someday, which
is something he says "I want to believe."
Fox comes to believe Samantha has been kidnapped by aliens. Mr. and
Mrs. Mulder separate soon after and divorce. William Mulder later sells
the house in Chilmark and buys a home in West Tisbury, also on Martha's
Vineyard. (Paper Hearts) After her divorce, Mrs. Mulder later lives in
Greenwich, Connecticut, keeping much of her property in storage in the
basement, including a vacuum cleaner. (731 & Nisei; Paper Hearts) By
Sein Und Seit she is living in an apartment, rather than a house.
Samantha ends up in the care of C.G.M. Spender and she lives with his
family in residential quarters on the April Air Force Base in California.
Jeffrey spender is apparently living with the family, as well. Both of
the children's handprints are placed in fresh concrete outside the family
home. Samantha is subjected to repeated tests that she comes to
Young Fox has a recurring nightmare in which he wakes up and thinks he
is the only person left in the world. He is always reassured to find his
father in the study, eating sunflower seeds. (Aubrey) He often closes his
eyes when he climbs the stairs of his house, hoping that he will open them
again and his sister will be in her room. (Conduit)
According to the Bounty Hunter, posing as CIA agent Ambrose Chapel,
around the mid-1970s, several of the Soviet "Gergor" clones enters the
United States to infiltrate the medical industry to be ready to commit
sabotage in the time of war. The Bounty Hunter was probably not telling
the truth. (Colony and End Game)
Cassandra Spender is involved in a UFO cult. (Patient X)
A researcher working with the Ohio State University finds data on a
signal received that was thirty times stronger than the galactic
background, on a wavelength of 21 centimeters. He is so impressed that he
writes "WOW" on the printout. The signal comes to be known as the "WOW
Signal," and is considered the best evidence to date of a possible
extraterrestrial transmission, although it is not considered to be
definitive evidence. (Historical fact, mentioned in Little Green Men
June 13, 1978
Morris and Joanne Fletcher are married. He soon becomes a "man in
black" working at Area 51 to mislead the American public about the
existence of aliens. (Dreamland II)
February 23, 1979
On Dana's fifteenth birthday, Margaret Scully gives her daughter a
necklace consisting of a gold cross on a gold chain. (Ascension) (Note: In
Christmas Carol, Dana has a dream remembering receiving the necklace at
Christmas, 2 to 3 years earlier. Since dreams are not always true, we
can't tell for sure when she received it.)
October 23, 1979
Unable to stand the tests any longer, Samantha Mulder, age 14, runs
away from the Spender home at April Air Force Base in California. She
believes that those performing the tests have taken her memories -- she
has only vague memories of a brother. She is picked up by police as a
runaway and taken to Dominic Savio Memorial Hospital, suffering from
paranoia and what are considered to be self-inflicted wounds. She gives
no name and allows no one but the emergency room nurse, Arbutus Ray, to
touch her. As Samantha sleeps, Ray has a brief vision of Samantha dead in
her bed, but the vision quickly passes and Samantha is fine. Late that
night, a group of men arrives to take Samantha, but the nurse finds that
Samantha has disappeared from a locked hospital room, never to be seen
FBI agent Duane Barry is shot in the head. He survives, but has
severe mental problems for the rest of his life. He later believes that
he is repeatedly abducted by aliens. His wife and family leave him.
Dana Scully enters college, receiving an undergraduate degree in
physics from the University of Maryland, taking courses in German (Unruhe)
and Greek (Hollywood A.D.) and writing a thesis on Einstein's Twins
Paradox. (Pilot) (An X-Files novel suggests she spends her first year at
the University of California, Berkley and then transfers to Maryland.)
Eve 6 is incarcerated in the Whiting Institute for the Criminally
Insane, according to what she told Mulder and Scully in 1993. She claims
to be the continuing subject of tests under the Litchfield Experiment.
Fox Mulder enters college, graduating from Oxford with a degree in
psychology in 1986. (Date from resume screen in Unusual Suspects.)
Sally Kendrick, AKA Eve 7, goes to work for the Luther Stape Center
for Reproductive Medicine in San Francisco. Among her patients are Mr.
and Mrs. Joel Simmons and Mr. and Mrs. Doug Reardon. Eve 7 is employed as
a resident at the Center after having completed her MD degree at Yale,
first in her class, and perviously having obtained a PhD in Biogenetics.
She secretly clones herself twice. The clones are born as Cindy Reardon
and Tina Simmons. Eventually, Eve 6 is suspended for experimentation with
eugenics. She is fired and censured by the American Medical Association.
The federal government declines to investigate her, and she
Fox Mulder completes his Oxford degree in Psychology. In the Pilot,
Mulder tells Scully "I went off to school in England, I came back, got
recruited by the Bureau..." implying his entire college career may have
been in England. (1986 from resume screen in Unusual Suspects.)
In The End, the Lone Gunmen say that Diana Fowley was Mulder's
"chickadee" at the time he graduated from the FBI Academy, in 1986. On
the other hand, Diana implied that she and Mulder knew each other in 1991,
about the time she graduated from the FBI Academy. One conclusion is that
they had a relationship dating back to 1986, and she applied to the FBI
Sometime in 1986 Gibson Praise is born. Mulder later finds evidence suggesting that Gibson has alien DNA, allowing him to read minds. (The End)
Members of the high school class of 1989 of Bellefleur, Oregon, begin
suffering a series of unexplained disappearances and deaths. Others
suffer from what appears to post traumatic stress syndrome. (Pilot)
1988 or 89
Mulder is stationed in Washington DC. He initially offends his
supervisor, Reggie Purdue, who later comes to greatly respect Mulder's
Unusual Suspects.The trio of paranoid conspiracy theorists known as The
Lone Gunmen meet and begin working together. At a consumer electronics
show in Baltimore, Byers enlists the assistance of Melvin Frohike and
Langly to help a women who claims her three year old daughter has been
kidnapped by a psychopathic ex-boyfriend. The two are competing hackers,
and are each selling equipment to steal and descramble cable television
The plot thickens when Susanne identifies Mulder, also attending the
show, as the ex-boyfriend, and when Langly discovers that the woman,
Susanne Modeski, is wanted by the FBI.
Susanne explains that she was a research scientist at the Army
Advanced Weapons facility at Whitestone, NM. She developed a gas that
causes fear and paranoia, that the military plans to test on civilians.
They track the material to a warehouse, where they find the gas in a
shipment of asthma inhalers. Mulder follows them, and there is a gunfight
between Mulder and two agents of the Conspiracy, who want to take Susanne
into custody. Suzanne kills them when they are about to kill Mulder.
Mulder inhales some of the paranoia gas, and writhes on the floor,
Conspiracy operatives lead by X arrive to sanitize the site. They
leave Byers, Frohike and Langly unharmed, with the caution to "behave."
X specificly instructs his operatives to not touch Mulder. Susanne
escapes. Mulder thinks he sees the crew sanitizing the site as aliens,
although they are human.
The Lone Gunmen trace Susanne and she admonishes them to tell as many
people as they can about the government conspiracy. They witness Susanne
being taken into custody by X. (Richard Belzer guest stars as Lt. Munch,
his character from "Homicide: Life on the Street." Langly's last name,
reported to be "Ringo" in early scripts, did not make it into the final
edit of this episode.)
In "Three of a Kind," we learn that Suzanne was held captive and
possibly subjected to medical tests. Eventually Grant Ellis, another
employee of the Advanced Weapons Facility, rescues her. She does not
trust him for a long time, but eventually comes to believe that he is
working from within to undermine the project. By 1999 she will be engaged
June 16, 1989
Mulder works with Dr. Heits Werber to use regression therapy to
remember the night his sister disappeared. He remembers a voice in his
head telling him that Samantha will not be harmed and will one day return.
Mulder tells Werber that "I want to believe" that voice. (Werber
mentioned in Pilot, June 16 given in Conduit) In addition to the audio
tape seen in Conduit, a videotape recording is made, seen in Closure.
At some point, described only as "several years" before 1997, a
forensic anthropologist named Arlinsky is implicated in a UFO photo
enhancement scandal. (Gethsemane)
At some point, possibly in the 1990s or possibly much earlier, a team
of Russian geologists locates rock from the Tunguska meteorite. The rock
contains an organism, probably extraterrestrial in origin, that invades
human bodies. It comes to be called the "Black Cancer." Russians begin
perfecting a vaccination. Eventually the Conspiracy learns of its
existence and begins efforts to acquire samples of the rock and organism.
Working for the conspiracy, Dr. Bonita Charre-Sayre uses her position
as a consulting physician for a chain of convalescent homes to test
patients with Black Cancer, without their knowledge. She begins a
relationship with the Well Manicured Man.
She also begins advocating the destruction of the last samples of
smallpox virus, held in research laboratories following eradication of the
disease. This position is the result of her secret knowledge of the use
of smallpox by the Conspiracy.
The Russian government may have sent Alex Krycek to America as a mole
to infiltrate the Conspiracy with the ultimate plan of ending Conspiracy
Black Cancer research. On the other hand, maybe the Russians did not know
that Alex was an agent of the Consortium, or maybe somebody else. It is
hard telling. (Terma)
At least two pilots at Ellens AFB begin acting strangely in a way
Scully later says is typical of reaction to extreme stress. (Deep Throat)
Reggie Purdue assigns Mulder to a serial murder case involving girls
age 8 to 12, thinking Mulder can get inside the killer's head. A profile
written by Mulder helps catch John Lee Roche, who had traveled the
Northeast as a vacuum cleaner salesman. Each girl he killed was abducted
from her home and strangled with 8-gauge electrical wire. He kept a
heart-shaped patch of cloth from the chest of each victim, hiding them in
a copy of Alice in Wonderland, and hiding the book in the head liner of
his white El Camino. Roche confesses to the murders of 13 girls, dating
back to 1979, and is sentenced to life in prison. He does not mention his
three earliest murders. The case comes to be called the Paper Heart
murders, because of the cloth hearts he took as trophies. Mulder hopes to
someday find the trophy hearts, and see if there were only 13 murders.
Dana Scully completes medical training. The FBI recruits her during
final months of her residency and she enrolls in the 15-week FBI Academy
training course. Her parents consider her joining the FBI to be an act of
rebellion, but Dana sees it as a place where she can distinguish herself.
November 17, 1990
sheriff's officer and a landlord arrive at a rundown rural house to evict
the tenant, Edward Skur. They enter the house and find the remains of a
body in the bathtub. Edward Skur attacks the officer and Skur is shot.
He dies saying the name "Mulder."
Three days later, Fox Mulder interviews former FBI agent Arthur Dale
who opened an X-Files on Skur in 1952. Most of the original FBI report
has been edited out. Dale has little to say to Mulder, but Mulder
realizes that Skur was saying the name of Bill Mulder, Fox's father.
Dale mentions the House Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC) and the
Army-McCarthy hearings of the 1950s that investigated alleged communists
in the American government in the 1950s. Mulder finds a tape of one of
the hearings and sees his father in the audience. Returning to Dale's
home, Fox gets Dale to tell him about the events of 1952.
Late 1990 or Early 1991
Mulder's success in violent crimes allows him a certain latitude to
pursue his own interests. He discovers the X-Files. (Pilot)
Lone Gunmen later tell Scully that Diana Fowley was Mulder's
"chickadee" at the time he graduated from the FBI Academy, in 1986. On
the other hand, Diana implied that she and Mulder knew each other in 1991,
about the time she graduated from the FBI Academy. One conclusion is that
they had a relationship dating back to 1986, and she applied to the FBI
later. At any rate, the Lone Gunmen say that Diana was present when
Mulder discovered the X-Files. This apparently happened given the tip
provided to Mulder by former FBI agent Arthur Dale in November 1990.
(Travelers and The End.)
The Simmons family moves from San Francisco to Greenwich, Conneticut,
including their five year old daughter Tina, who is actually an Eve clone.
Also during this year, Mrs. Simmons dies of ovarian cancer. Unknown
whether it was before or after the move. (Eve.)
Militia member Timothy Edward Mayhew, tells Scully and Mulder in 1996
that the "Black Cancer" was used as biological warfare during the Gulf
War. No corroboration of this statement has been found. (Terma)
The Church of the Red Museum moves from California to Delta Glen,
Wisconsin, buys a "ranch" and turns the cattle into pets, because they are
vegetarians. They refer to themselves as the second souls of the first
bodies, making them what Mulder later calls "Walk-ins," a new age idea
that holds that new souls can be invited to take over existing bodies, and
lists Abe Lincoln and Charles Colson as walk-ins. (Red Museum)
In 1994 Deep Throat says that only recently has technology been
available for the Conspiracy to manipulate alien DNA, accomplish
combinations of human and alien DNA, run from Los Alamos. He says Zeus
Storage, somewhere in the Washington DC area, is where the first DNA
transplant was made, and the first human/alien hybrid created, with six
terminally ill human subjects volunteering. Dr. William Sakar recovers as
the result of ET gene therapy, developing inhuman strength and the ability
to breath under water and green caustic blood. A subject of study, Sakar
soon becomes concerned that Conspiracy will not let him live -- if you
believe Deep Throat. (The Erlenmeyer Flask)
Mulder receives the assignment he has desired since joining the FBI,
the X-Files, ending his partnership with Lamana. (Musings...)
One of his first actions is to open an X-File on his missing
December 24, 1991
At Dogway, West Virginia, a UFO crashes, and a critically injured EBE
is recovered by the UFO recovery team working for Deep Throat. The EBE is
placed in an intensive care unit. Humans working around the alien use gas
masks. This could be because the air needed by the alien is unbreathable
to humans or because the alien's blood generates noxious gas. It has also
been suggested that Deep Throat, the Smoking Man and their associates
already know about the Black Cancer and the retrovirus, and the gas mask
is to protect them from infection.
Deep Throat comments that the craft matches the dimensions of a UFO
seen over Hanoi that the Marines could not shoot down when he was with The
Company (CIA). (Of course, if they couldn't shoot it down, how did they
learn its dimensions?) The Cigarette Smoking Man says it comes at a bad
time, because the planted Roswell story is gaining momentum.
Russian forces track the UFO, and pinpointed touchdown. KGB, Chinese,
British, and German operatives probably advance on the compound where the
EBE is held.
The Cigarette Smoking Man calls Deep Throat by the first name
"Ronald," indistinct in the episode, but contained in the closed
Deep Throat unwillingly executes the EBE, citing Security Council
Resolution 1013, stating that any country capturing an EBE is responsible
for its immediate extermination, even though a living EBE could advance
Bill Mulder's project enormously. Deep Throat states "Tonight we have a
new enemy," meaning the EBE. He calls himself The Liar and the Smoking
Man The Killer. The Cigarette Smoking Man says Deep Throat's lies have
killed many people.
The Cigarette Smoking Man claims to Deep Throat that he has never
killed anybody, or any thing. Deep Throat killing the EBE causes the
Smoking Man to remove his nicotine patch. (All entries this date from
Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man.)
Mulder's work attracts the attention of the Conspiracy. They look for
a way to reign Mulder in without making him a martyr. He tries to access
certain information, but is blocked by higher offices. (Pilot)
NICAP, the National Investigation committee on Aerial Phenomenon,
begins following the work of Agent Mulder. Using the Freedom of
Information Act, NICAP obtains Mulder's travel vouchers, to track his
March 7, 1992
After two years with the FBI, Dana Scully is assigned to the X-Files.
Mulder initially distrusts Scully, believing she has been assigned to
debunk his work. At face value, her assignment is to bring a rigorous
scientific perspective to them. In fact, Scully really has been assigned
to debunk the X-Files by the international conspiracy that feels Mulder's
work is dangerous to them.
The Cigarette Smoking Man attends the meeting Assistant Dire3ctor
Blevins' office in which Scully receives the assignment, but does
not speak. He also uses electronic listening devices to listen in on
Mulder and Scully's first meeting. (Musings...)
Mulder tells Scully that he has read her Senior thesis, and liked it.
(Pilot) She apparently sent it to him as a partial introduction, given
that it dealt with MJ-12. (Musings...)
On their first case, they investigate disappearances of teenagers.
Four teenagers in Oregon have been found dead, with two puncture wounds on
their backs. Traveling to Oregon, their airplace experiences unexpected
turbulance. Mulder arranges to have a grave of one of the victims, Ray
Soams, exhumed and a body is found in the coffin that is not human --
possibly what would commonly be called a grey alien. Inside the nose of
the body is a fragment of metal they cannot identify. they also learn
that two additional teenagers, Billy Miles and Peggy Odell, are
institutionalized. Peggy is paranoid and Billy is catatonic. Mulder
suspects that they have been abducted but Scully thinks the answer must be
in the forest, where the victims have been found. Visiting the crime
scene area at night, they are warned off by a sheriff's deputy, Billy's
father. As they drive away, down a rural highway, their car loses power,
they experience a bright flash of light, and clocks are nine minutes later
than they had been. Mulder is thrilled to experience unexplained time
loss, often reported in connection with UFO sightings.
Later that evening, Scully believes that she finds puncture woulds on her
hip, similar to those found on the teenagers. After Mulder checks them
out, allowing him to see her in her underwear, Mulder proclaims them
mosquito bites. As she recovers from her scare, Mulder tells Scully about
his sister's disappearance and about how his passion to locate her lead
him to the X-Files. someone has been blocking his attempts to access
classified government information. Connections he has made in Congress
have protected him, to a certain extent. He tells her about his hypnotic
regression and the memories of Samantha's abduction. As they talk, they
receive an anonymous phone call saying that Peggy Odell is dead. Peggy
ran out of the forest in front of a semi-truck. While they are at the
scene, their motel burns, destroying the x-rays and pictures of the alien
At the motel fire, they are approached by another teenaged girl, Teresa,
who has repeatedly woken up in the forest. Her father is the medical
examiner who withheld information on the marks from his reports. He takes
her away and the agents discover that the bodies have been removed from
the other graves. Mulder suspects that Billy Miles is responsible, in
spite of his vegetative state. Something in the forest summons the
teenagers, Mulder thinks. Visiting Billy, Scully discovers dirt on his
feet like what she found at the crime scene in the forest. They return to
the forest to take another sample, to be sure, and find Billy and Teresa,
although Billy's father tries to black them. The teenagers are surrounded
by a vortex and listed into the air. After a flash of light, both awake
and with no memory of what has happened and with the marks on their backs
Episode concludes March 22 with Billy in hypnotic regression telling
about how the light took him away and told him to gather the others for
tests. Blevins and the other FBI officials critisize Scully's reports as
having insufficient scientific basis because she cannot substantiate her
observations. She hands Blevins the metal fragment removed from the
unidentified body. Lab tests could not identify it. As the episode ends,
the Cigarette Smoking Man is seen to place the bottle holding the fragment
in a storage box with other similar fragments in a huge secret storage
area labled as being in the Pentagon.
Deep Throat Deep
Throat first approaches Mulder in the restroom of a lounge in Washington
DC, where Mulder had met Scully, warning Mulder to leave a case of a
missing USAF pilot alone. Mulder infiltrates Ellens Air Force Base in
southwest Idaho. Deep Throat tells him that aliens have "been here for a
long, long time." Mulder suspects that the military is testing aircraft
based on UFO technology at Ellens AFB.
We see a picture of a triangular "UFO," photographed in the Ellens
area. Is this the UFO recovered in West Virginia on December 24, 1991?
If not, it is certainly based in part on that UFO. It also appears to
have a shape similar to the Pacific Ocean Foo Fighter, salvaged in 1995.
It is demonstrated that the Conspiracy has the capability to
selectively erase human memory.
Mulder begins a series of contacts with a forensic anthropologist at
the Smithsonian Institution named Arlinsky who, a few years earlier, was
implicated in a UFO photo enhancement scandal. (Gethsemane)
August 7, 1993
Ruby Morris disappears from her home in Sioux City, Iowa. Her mother,
Darlene, claims she was taken by aliens on a camping trip. (Conduit)
August 26, 1993
Conduit Mulder and
Scully visit Lake Okoboji, in northwest Iowa. Mention is made of the
"Sioux City County Sheriff," although Sioux City is over an hour drive
from Lake Okoboji, in a different county. The article from the tabloid
newspaper projected on the screen in Mulder's office incorrectly spells
the lake "Okobogee."
Darlene Morris tells them of her experience as a Girl Scout in 1967,
and of the abduction of her daughter, Ruby. Her son, Kevin, seems to be
receiving binary data from the static on his television, which the NSA
operative Holtzman tells Mulder is a classified defense satellite
transmission. Scully recognizes a portion of J.S. Bach's Brandenberg
Concertos. A biker bartender displays evidence of severe radiation burns
on his ear. Ruby is eventually found in a coma, displaying evidence of
November 1, 1993
At Icy Cape, Alaska, the drilling team passes the record drilling
depth, bringing up ice cores a quarter of a million years old. Within a
few days, however, all of the team members suffer violent deaths. (Ice)
November 7, 1993
Ice At Icy Cape,
Alaska, all of the members of an ice drilling team kill each other, or
themselves, leaving behind the cryptic warning, "we're not who we are."
Mulder and Scully join a team heading for the drilling station to
investigate. They discover a worm-like organism that infects bodies,
driving the hosts insane. The worms came from ice cores that were drilled
deep into an ancient meteor crater under the ice. It seems that they came
from space a quarter of a million years ago, where they were used to an
The pilot, named Bear, becomes infected by the bite of a dog they find at
the drilling station. The man dies when the worm is extracted from his
body. During the night another team member is killed, and it is clear that
one of the remaining four team members is also infected. Suspicion
centers on Mulder, who found the body. Scully discovers that the larvae
of two worms will not coexist in the same human body, proving it with the
infected dog. When the real infected team member is identified, the other
woman, a second worm is placed in her body, and the worms kill each other.
The team is evacuated and Mulder and Scully are pronounced uninfected.
Mulder wants to return to the drilling station with a team better equipped
for genetic study of the worms, but he is informed that 45 minutes after
they were evacuated, the entire complex was burned by the government. As
a result of the events of this episode, Mulder and Scully come to realize
how much they have come to trust each other.
Note: The worms in this episode may well have been the genesis for the
X-Files writers of the concept of the Black Oil.
Space Mulder and
Scully investigate the space program after receiving information that
someone knew about a sabotaged component. The Space Shuttle Discovery
suffers an oxygen leak in orbit, apparently after encountering an
unidentified craft in orbit. Astronaut Maruc Aurelius Belt, Shuttle
program chief, fears the space program will be killed if the shuttle does
not launch its payload. He has apparently been brainwashed by aliens or
the Conspiracy. While he is involved in sabotage of the shuttle and the
Mars Observer, he also attempts to leak information to allow the sabotage
to be discovered.
Belt has a recurring dream in which he remembers being approached by
alother craft during a space walk. He remembers a face that is very
similar to the alleged face seen from orbit on the surface of Mars. He is
also briefly seen to morph uncontrolably so that his face resembles that
face. He ends up jumping to his death from an upper floor of a hospital.
The Shuttle lands safely, because of information he given to Mulder.
(Interpretation of this episode is very difficult. Your author's best
guess is that the Conspiracy sent a spacecraft based on alien technology
to intercept the shuttle. They may have used hypnosis to make Belt
participate in sabotage, and alien DNA therapy to cause him to morph. He
could have been an early experiment in morphing. While we did not see his
his body after the fall, might it have bled green ooze?)
Fallen Angel A
UFO, first detected by Air Force tracking over Connecticut, crashes near
Townsend, in eastern Wisconsin. "Fallen Angel" is identified as the term
for a downed UFO, and UFO recovery is identified as "Operation Falcon,"
commanded by Colonel Calvin Henderson. The public is told a train
derailment has released toxic waste. An invisible survivor of the crash
kills several people, by severe radiation burns (similar to burns
associated with the entity in Piper Maru, et al). Epileptic Max Fenig, of
NICAP, a South Dakota native, disappears, apparently taken by a second,
larger UFO. Deep Throat blocks an investigative committee from closing
Max is eventually returned, and continues his efforts to learn the
truth about his repeated abductions. He sends frequent letters to his
sister, describing his efforts in detail. (Tempus Fugit)
Eve In Greenwich,
Connecticut, joggers find Joel Simmons dead. His daughter Tina says she
was only away from him for a few minutes, and remembers nothing, but most
of his blood is missing. Mulder suspects a phenomenon similar to cattle
mutilations. Digitalis was found in his system. Tina's mother died
two years earlier, so Tina is taken to the Fairfield County Social
Services Hostel. She tells Mulder and Scully that "there was red
lightning" and that "men from the clouds" were after her father. That
night, Tina's room is broken into and she disappears.
An almost identical case is reported in Marin County, California.
Doug Reardon also died from loss of blood, had digitalis in his system,
and died at the exact same moment as Joel Simmons. His daughter, Cindy,
is identical to Tina, but she was not adopted. The Reardons tried for
years to have a baby, and finally succeed with the help of the Luther
Stape Center for Reproductive Medicine in San Francisco. The agents learn
that the Simmons were also treated there, before moving to Connecticut in
1991. Dr. Sally Kendrick was their doctor -- a resident there in 1985
after graduating first in her class at Yale Medical School. She had
previously received a PhD in Biogenetics. She was fired for suspicion of
experimenting with eugenics, censured by the AMA and disappeared.
Deep Throat tells Mulder about the Litchfield Experiment, begun in the
early 1950s. A group of "geneticly controlled" children was raised in a
secure compound. The boys were called Adam and the girls Eve. He directs
Mulder to the Whiting Institute for the Criminally Insane, where they meet
Eve 6 in a darkened, padded room. She is in restraints because she
attacked a guard. She says her IQ is around 265, and she has 56
chromosomes, resulting in heightened strength, intelligence and psychosis.
She has pictures of all of the Eve clones as children, and they all look
like Tina and Cindy. It is clear Eve 7, as Sally Kendrick, cloned
Cindy is abducted by Eve 7. They arrive at the Point Reyes National
Seashore north of San Francisco where Tina is waiting. Eve 7 explains
that she escaped and was raised by caring foster parents and that proper
upbringing can reduce the psychosis, but Tina and Cindy kill her by
putting digitalis in her drink. They raised the foxglove and made the
digitalis themselves. They have not been in contact with each other but
"just knew" about each other. The motel manager reports the suspicious
girls and Mulder and Scully find Tina and Cindy in the motel room with the
dead Eve. Driving them back to San Francisco at night, Mulder and Scully
stop with the girls at a truckstop and the girls almost escape. They are
taken back into custody and end up at the Whiting Institute next to Eve 6
in cells labled Eve 9 and Eve 10. Eve 8 infiltrates the institute. Cindy
and Tina say they "just knew" that Eve 8 would be coming. While we do not
see it, the implication is that all of the Eves escape.
Outside Germantown, Maryland, a man dies after having sex with a woman he
picked up in a bar. After his death, the woman transforms into a man.
Mulder has been tracking four similar deaths. Each victim was swamped
with phemerones containing human DNA -- possibly enough to trigger
anaphalactic shock. The first death was near a colony of religious
isolationists called the Kindred. They are famous for pottery, and traces
of the native clay of that area were found on the latest murder victim.
Mulder and Scully travel to Steveston, Massachusetts, to learn more about
In town, Scully talks with Brother Andrew, a male member of the Kindred.
When she shakes hands with him she is strongly affected. The agents visit
the sect, having to walk the last mile because of the primitive road. The
Kindred intercept them along the road, escort them to the farm, and feed
then supper. They pray "for the day of the coming, the moment of our
release." The Kindred tell the agents little of importance. An older man
at the table chokes to death, and nobody helps him. Many of the faces of
the Kindred are the same as on photographs taken in the 1930s. Scully
says they have probably been inbreeding, but Mulder thinks there may be
something stranger going on.
Mulder and Scully sneak back to the Kindred farm after dark and witness a
strange ritual in which the man who died is covered with clay in an
underground tunnel. The man appears to return to life. Mulder is almost
caught in the tunnel by the Kindred, but escapes. Meanwhile Scully meets
Brother Andrew. He tells her that the killer is Brother Martin, his best
friend, who has left the farm. Andrew knows that Martin poisons the
victims with phemerones. Her judgement is overwhelmed by the phemerones
Andrew emits and Mulder narrowly saves her from having sex with Brother
Meanwhile, the killer kills again, and as a women selects yet another
victim. A police officer interupts, however, saving the man's life. The
murder quickly transforms into a man and punches out the cop. Mulder and
Scully track Martin to a hotel and find another victim. They capture
Martin, but the Kindred intercept them in a back alley near the hotel and
take Martin away. As soon as they round a corner they disappear. Back at
the Kindred farm, Mulder and Scully find the property abandoned, the
tunnels filled in and nothing but a large crop circle in one of the
(The implication is that the Kindred are aliens, and leave on an alien
spacecraft. In one scene, the female version of Martin says that the
Kindred are different from humans and that he/she will be punished by the
Kindred, but that the date of their departure is approaching and that they
will not leave Martin behind. There is no firm date given in this
episode. It is after Beyond the Sea, which was set after Christmas, and
was first broadcast January 21, 1994.)
E.B.E. An Iraqi jet
shoots down a UFO. The Fallen Angel team recovers the wreckage, and ships
it cross country by semi truck. Near Reagan, Tennessee, the driver sights
a UFO, and Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate.
We meet the staff of Lone Gunman, Frohike, Langly and Byers. They
publish "The Magic Bullet Newsletter," working in an office in a
warehouse, and tell Mulder and Scully about a dark network behind the
government. Scully discovers an electronic eavesdropping device.
Deep Throat lies to Mulder to steer him away from actually finding the
UFO. In spite of this, Mulder and Scully locate a secret installation
near Mattawa, Washington, where the Extraterrestrial Biological Entity
from the crashed UFO was taken. Deep Throat tells Mulder the E.B.E has
died (been killed).
Deep Throat tells Mulder that after the Roswell incident in 1947, an
ultra secret conference of many nations agreed that should any EBE survive
a crash, the nation recovering the EBE would have the responsibility of
killing it. Deep Throat claims to have been one of the three men to have
exterminated an alien, with the CIA in Vietnam. He says the death of that
innocent alien haunts him and that is why he sought out Mulder, so that
some day, through him, the truth may be known. Mulder, though, is not
sure he believes Deep Throat's story. (Deep Throat mentions that pitchers
and catchers report for spring training this week.)
May 8, 1994
The Erlenmeyer Flask After a 60 mile high speed car chase, a man disappears in
a harbor at Ardis, Maryland, after being shot, and bleeding blue-green
blood. Dr. Terrance Berube, owner of the stolen car, is a researcher in
the Human Genome Project, and is killed by a "man in black." Phone records
leads Mulder to Zeus Storage, at 1616 Pandora Street, where he finds what
appears to be human clones growing in vats of liquid. When he returns,
however, the vats have been removed, by forces other than those of Deep
Deep Throat says while alien DNA samples have been available since
1947, only recently has the technology existed to manipulate it, run from
He says Zeus Storage is where the first DNA transplant was made, and
the first human/alien hybrid created, with six terminally ill human
subjects volunteering. Dr. William Sakar recovers as the result of ET
gene therapy, developing inhuman strength and the ability to breath under
water. Deep Throat says Sakar fled an effort to kill him, because the
conspiracy does not want crossbreeds living among society, ending up in
the car chase.
Sakar survives under water for three days, severely wounded. Mulder
locates him, but Sakar is killed, and his body releases toxic fumes.
Mulder is captured by the murderer, the Man in Black who killed Berube.
Deep Throat offers exchange of Mulder for the original alien tissue,
stored at Fort Marlene, Maryland. Scully obtains what appears to be an
alien fetus, and exchanges it for Mulder, but Deep Throat is killed during
the exchange. His final words are "Trust no one."
The term "Purity Control" is first used, on the label of a flask of
fluid in Berube's lab, that contains a bacteria. Each Bacteria contains a
virus and cloned chloroplasts, constituting alien DNA, because it contains
two nucleotides not found among the four in human DNA. "Purity Control"
is also the name used at Fort Marlene for the project password, and the
storage container for the alien body.
The allegiance of the Man in Black is confusing. The Conspiracy would
have access to the alien tissue from Fort Marlene. This would suggest
that the Man in Black was not a Conspiracy operative. On the other hand,
the alien fetus taken by the Man in Black ended up in the hands of the
Cigarette Smoking Man, who is part of the Conspiracy.
Note: In this episode, Mulder watches channel 8, WDF, apparently a
local Washington DC station.
May 21, 1994
13 days after Deep Throat is killed, Mulder is informed by Skinner
that the X-Files project is being closed, on orders from the top of the
executive branch. Scully is assigned as an instructor at the FBI Academy.
Mulder is assigned various "garbage" cases.
The Cigarette Smoking Man ends up in possession of the alien fetus,
which he places in storage in a vault in the Pentagon. (The Erlenmeyer
July 7, 1994
Little Green Men
Based on information from Senator Matheson, Mulder goes to Puerto Rico to
attempt to obtain data intercepted from space by the Arecibo Observatory,
failing to report for FBI duty as a result. The Cigarette Smoking Man
directs FBI Assistant Director Skinner to watch Scully, because she will
lead them to Mulder. At an abandoned facility associated with the Arecibo
radio-telescope, Mulder finds evidence of a signal from space, and
believes he has a visitation from an extraterresterial that looks just
like one he saw when his sister was abducted. Scully eludes the agents
following her and finds Mulder unconscious at the facility. Scully and
Mulder barely avoid a Green Beret UFO recovery team by some heavy-duty
off-road driving by Mulder in a Chevy Blazer. Skinner reprimands Mulder,
and sends him back to his stakeout duty. A tape containing the signals
from space, which Mulder brought back with him, is blank. (Date from
airline passenger manifest for Mulder's flight to Puerto Rico, using the
name "George Hale," a reference to the famous astronomer. As is so often
true, this episode leaves us with the question "what really happened?"
The Conspiracy has demonstrated that it can change memories. Did Mulder
really see anything? Did he ever really have evidence, or were his
memories changed while he was unconscious?)
Alex Krycek is assigned to work with Mulder. Krycek, however,
is actually a subordinate of the Cigarette Smoking Man.
August 7, 1994
Duane Barry After
a lengthy hostage drama, Dana Scully is kidnapped from her apartment by
Duane Barry. He believes that if he offers a replacement abductee, he can
escape further abductions.(Date given on-screen in the swimming pool
scenes.) This represents the second time on-screen that Scully is
abducted or held hostage.
is taken captive, kidnapped by aliens or the governmental conspiracy.
Skinner reopens the X-Files. Krycek disappears, after sabotaging Mulder's
effort on a tramway to save Scully, and killing Duane Barry. Note that
Krycek stops the tram to keep Mulder from getting to the summit, notifies
his superiors that Mulder has been stopped, and then turns the tram back
on, allowing Mulder to get to the summit.
Skinner reopens the X-Files. (It is unclear how many days pass during
the course of these two episodes. In order for the statement in Emily to
fit, that Scully was missing for four weeks, it is hard to explain the
dates given in the episodes of August to November.)
November 2, 1994
"Emily" is born, according to state records. She is soon adopted by
Marshall and Roberta Sim, and named Emily Christine Sim.(Christmas Carol)
One Breath Dana
Scully appears at a hospital, in a coma. Scully's blood is found to
contain protein chains that contain branched DNA that could be a
biological marker, but it is inactive.
X tells Mulder that he used to be where Mulder is now, an apparent
reference to pursuing the conspiracy. Now, of course, he has become an
operative of the conspiracy.
In a coma, Scully is seen as adrift in a rowboat, until her father
speaks to her from beyond the grave. He tells her he loves her and they
will soon be together again. Nurse Owens, who is unknown to and unseen by
hospital staff, watches over Scully in the intensive care ward.
The Cigarette Smoking Man's address is given as 900 W. Georgia
Street, and Mulder locates him at home. He tells Mulder he has watched
Presidents die, and that Scully was returned because he likes both Scully
and Mulder. He is in the game because he believes what he is doing is
right. "If people were to know the things that I know, it would all fall
apart." (This address is not the address given in Musings as the
long-time address of CSM. On the other hand, that may be a blind
mail drop and not his actual residence.)
Mulder passes up a chance to solve the conspiracy in order to be with
the unconscious Scully. Scully wakes up, and Mulder returns her necklace
to her. (In Emily, Mulder says Scully was missing for four weeks. This
cannot be resolved with Duane Barry being clearly set in August, and other
details showing Scully's return to be in November.)
Red Museum In
Delta Glen in eastern Wisconsin, local doctor, Dr. Larson, has been
injecting the teenagers and cattle with alien DNA and keeping records of
the children by the numbers on credit cards registered to family members.
(This is apparently similar to the project Deep Throat mentioned in The
Erlenmeyer Flask about school children in a southern state injected with
alien DNA in 1987.) The man who killed Deep Throat is in the area,
covering their tracks.
A local cult of vegetarians called The Church of the Red Museum (which
believes they are 18 years away from the New Kingdom) helps Mulder protect
the children and may have served as a control group for the experiment.
There is a confrontation with the killer in a meat packing plant. He is
killed, and he cannot be traced. While not mentioned verbally, many of
the children who had received alien DNA look very similar to each other.
The FBI leaves the case open and unsolved. (Note that eastern Wisconsin
is also where Fallen Angel took place.)
A right wing militia organization known as The Right Hand and lead by
Denny Markham, organizes a POW rescue mission to Vietnam and rescues
Sergeant Nathaniel J. Teager. Several other prisoners, however, are left
behind. Teager is brought back to the United States in a cargo plane. In
order to preserve the secret of POWs still in Vietnam, government
commandos board the plane in San Diego. Teager, however, disappears.
Mulder later concludes that Teager has learned how to cause himself to be
invisible to people, similar to how Viet Cong soldiers sometimes seemed to
appear and disappear. This would also be similar to the radio drama
series The Shadow, in which the hero had learned in the orient how to
"cloud men's minds" and seem invisible. (Unrequited)
Jan 20, 1995 - 04 February 1995
Colony. A research
vessel in the Beaufort Sea near the Arctic Circle sees a UFO crash into
the water. Investigating, they find a man who they believe to be a
Russian pilot, who is also known by fans as the Bounty Hunter. He is
transported to a medical facility where he promptly disappears. At an
abortion clinic in Scranton, PA, a doctor hears the news report of the
Russian pilot and recognizes the man's face. the doctor runs down the
hall in fear, but the Bounty Hunter is there and stabs him in the back of
the neck with a weapon similar to an ice pick. The blood oozes out green
and fizzy. The Bounty Hunter burns the clinic.
Mulder has received three obituaries via the Internet for men in
Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. All worked in abortion clinics and
all looked identical. A fundamentalist minister has been arrested for the
arson of the clinic and he is carrying a newspaper ad with a picture of
one of the three identical dead men with the headline "do you know this
man?" At the newspaper the agents finds that there is a voice mail box
associated with the account. It provides tips to other similar looking
men. The closest is in Syracuse, NY. While en route, the agents contact
Syracuse FBI agent Weiss, who goes to the man's home where he sees the man
arguing with the Bounty Hunter. The Bounty Hunter says, "your plan will
not succeed." The man is killed and begins dissolving. Weiss fires his
gun at the Bounty Hunter. The wounds ooze green fizz and a noxious gas
and Weiss is overcome. Later, Mulder and Scully arrive and meet Weiss
near the dead man's home. Weiss claims that nobody was home. When Mulder
and Scully walk off to investigate the property, we see that the real
Weiss is dead in the trunk of Weiss' car and the Bounty Hunter has
transformed himself to look like Weiss.
Back in Washington, Mulder is called into Skinner's office. Weiss has
been found dead. Another e-mail arrives describing one of the identical
men, this time living right in the Washington D.C. area. Mulder and
Scully are encountered by Ambrose Chapel, who claims to be a CIA agent. He
has been the one sending the information to the agents. He claims that
early in the cold war the Soviets learned to clone people in a program
called Gregor. Several of the Gregor clones arrived in the US in the
mid-70s, intended to be moles to sabotage medical services in time of war.
In a secret agreement, someone in government is allowing the Gregors to be
systematically killed. Chapel claims he placed the "do you know this man"
ads in order to find the Gregors and prevent their murder. This latest
Gregor sees Mulder, Scully and Chapel arrive at his apartment building.
A woman who is with him hides in another room. AS soon as the Gregor seen
Chapel at his door, he runs and jumps out a window, falling several
stories. Not injured, he gets up and runs again, with the agents
returning to the street to chase him. Chapel corners him first in a dark
alley and it becomes clear that Chapel is the Bounty Hunter. Mulder is
hit by a car and has the wind knocked out of him. When Scully catches up
with Chapel, Chapel claims that the Gregor has escaped, however we see
green ooze in the dark alley.
Back at their office, Mulder and Scully discuss the case. Mulder doesn't
believe Chapel. There is no clear cause of death for Weiss, but his blood
seems to have thickened. Meanwhile Mulder receives word that his father
has been trying to reach him. Calling home, Mulder is surprised that in
spite of their divorce, his mother is at his father's home. Fox is asked
to come home to Martha's Vineyard. Meanwhile, Scully finds the address
where the missing Gregor worked -- a warehouse. Entering it she finds a
series of vats filled with yellow-green fluid. She sees Chapel inside the
building, destroying the equipment. Scully returns home, believing
herself to be in danger, but she cannot reach her partner. Mulder arrives
at his father's big home in West Tisbury and is told that his sister has
returned. Samantha claims that she was returned at age 9 or 10 and was
raised by a family, but had no memory of her real family. She eventually
was treated for anxiety and learned of her history during hypnotic
regression. It becomes clear that her adopted father was also a Gregor
and the bounty Hunter has been sent to kill them. They are all in danger.
She explain that the bounty Hunter can morph.
Scully leaves word for Mulder that she cannot stay at home and will be at
a motel in Germantown, MD. She travels by bus, and unknown to her the
Bounty Hunter is on the bus with her. She returns to the Gregor's
warehouse and everything has been destroyed. It turns out that there are
three Gregors there and she convinces them to go into protective custody,
but the Bounty Hunter later uses disguise to enter the jail where they are
held. When Scully finally checks into the motel, the clerk forgets to
give her a message from Mulder. Later, Mulder arrives at her door and a
moment later the phone rings. It is also Mulder on the phone. One is an
imposter, the Bounty Hunter. To be continued.
End Game. In the
Beaufort Sea, 87 miles north of Deadhorse, Alaska, the nuclear submarine
USS Allegiance is cruising under the arctic ice when they locate the
crashed UFO. Instructions from base order the allegiance to destroy the
craft, but before they can fire torpedoes, the sub loses power. the
Captain orders the sub to surface, but they are under 32 feet of glacial
At the motel, Scully claims the call from Mulder was a wrong number but
soon pulls a gun on the Bounty Hunter, who is disguised as Mulder. He
attacks her, asking "where is he?" and morphs into his original
appearance. When Mulder and Samantha arrive the Bounty Hunter and Scully
are gone. Samantha says the Bounty Hunter wants to kill her and that he
will call to arrange a trade of Scully for Samantha. At Mulder's
apartment, he pressures Samantha for more details. She claims that the
Gregors are the progeny of two original visitors -- clones attempting to
establish a colony since the 1940s. They believe that our stewardship of
the planet is being forsaken and that they will soon become the natural
heirs. In the meantime they have been using hybridization of human and
alien DNA to eliminate their identical nature. But the experiments were
not sanctioned and the Bounty Hunter was dispatched to terminate the
colony., all according to Samantha. Skinner comes to the door and
Samantha senses that he is not the Bounty Hunter. Scully calls -- she is
being held by the Bounty Hunter who wants to exchange her for the woman in
Mulder's company in one hour. Skinner agrees to help and arranges a
sniper near the bridge where Mulder and Samantha meet the Bounty Hunter.
The exchange is made. Samantha attempts to stab the Bounty Hunter in the
back of the neck but he disarms her. "Tell me where she is," he demands
of Samantha. The sniper fires at the Bounty Hunter but does not kill him.
He and Samantha fall into the river.
The next morning, divers are searching the river near the bridge. Mulder
is convinced that the woman really was Samantha and goes off to tell his
father. Bill Mulder visits his son's apartment and Fox confesses that he
has lost Samantha again. "Do you know what losing her again is going to
do to your mother?" asks Bill, not at all sensitive to his son's anguish.
Bill leaves an envelope that Samantha left for Fox. Inside is the address
of a Rockville, MD, abortion clinic and a note saying that if they are
separated he should meet her there. As he walks up to the clinic, Scully
calls his cell phone and says that Samantha's body has been found. After
the phone call ends, Scully sees the body fizz green and collapse.
Mulder enters the clinic which at first seems to be abandoned. but in the
basement he finds a woman who looks just like Samantha working at a tank
of yellow-green fluid. "She's dead, isn't she?" the woman asks. She is
obviously a clone, and Mulder soon meets three others. They say that
protecting "the one from which we all came," is the important thing,
although it is not clear if this is one of them. Mulder chooses to not
believe them and walk out, even though one claims to know where the real
Samantha is. The bounty Hunter arrives and knocks Mulder unconscious.
Firemen evacuate Mulder from the clinic. There are no other people in the
building. He is eventually treated and released from a hospital. Scully
prepares her report -- it must remain incomplete. Weiss' body was
apparently subjected to a retrovirus that caused his blood to thicken by
producing massive amounts of red blood cells. Scully learns that this is
apparently an immune system response to the virus, which can be controlled
by reducing the temperature five degrees. Meanwhile, Mulder meets his
source "X" who describes the submarine being disabled by the Bounty
Hunter's craft. An attack fleet was dispatched from Anchorage that
morning to make sure the pilot doesn't leave. Scully goes to Mulder's
apartment and finds him gone. He left e-mail for him saying that he will
not let her jeopardize her life and her career by following him. She asks
Skinner for help -- even unofficial channels, but he tells her he cannot
help. She places the "X" of masking tape on Mulder's window to summon "X"
who arrives, but leaves as soon as he sees that Mulder is not there.
Skinner accosts X in the elevator and they fight. Skinner appears at
Mulder's door and tells Scully that Mulder took a commercial flight to
Tacoma, WA, then a military flight to Deadhorse, Alaska. He used his FBI
credentials to charter a rolligon.
As Mulder nears the coordinates apparently given top him by X, he finds
the conning tower of a submarine sticking through the ice. He boards the
ship and finds only one man alive, hiding. He says he is a lieutenant and
that the Bounty Hunter killed all the others on the ship. Mulder realizes
that he is the Bounty Hunter and holds his gun to the base of the man's
neck. As he uses handcuffs to connect the two of them together, the
Bounty Hunter bolts and attacks Mulder, who keeps pleading "tell me how to
find my sister." "She's alive -- can you die now?" the Bounty Hunter
asks. Mulder shoots the Bounty Hunter and is distressed by the noxious
gas that emerges from the wounds. The Bounty Hunter shoves Mulder out a
hatch, which snaps the chain of the handcuff when the hatch slams shut on
the chain. Mulder barely escapes as the submarine sinks into the sea.
In scenes seen both at the beginning of Colony and at the end of End Game,
Mulder is found by a Navy recon team and brought to a hospital facility by
helicopter. His heart is stopped and he has hypothermia, so the doctors
place him in a vat of warm water to raise his body temperature. Scully
bursts into the emergency room and demands that they remove him from the
water bath. She says he has been exposed to a retrovirus and the only
think keeping him alive is his reduced body temperature. Mulder is
removed from the water and his heart started by electric shock.
Intensive transfusions and antiviral drugs pull him through. He wakes up
to find Scully at his bedside. "Did you find what you were looking for?"
she asks. "No," he answers. "But I found something I thought I'd lost --
faith to keep looking."
Note: Mulder's Global Positioning System receiver indicated February 3,
1995. After the opening scene, previewing the final scenes of End Game,
the text indicated that Colony began two weeks earlier.
An invisible elephant, escaped from the Fairfield Idaho Zoo, near Boise,
goes on a rampage, causing Mulder and Scully to investigate. Mountain
Home AFB is not far away, which the Lone Gunmen say is a UFO hot spot.
This would also put them not far from Ellens AFB, mentioned in Deep Throat
as being in southwest Idaho. They meet Sophie, a lowland gorilla capable
of speaking sign language who is "afraid of the light." It turns out the
animals have been abductees, for impregnation and harvesting of the
April 9, 1995
Anasasi. A computer
hacker breaks into the "MJ Documents," triggering an effort of an
international commando "black" organization to recover the materials.
Lone Gunmen call the group "Garnet." Mulder obtains the tape, but it
turns out to be written in Navaho. Scully's name is found in the MJ
Documents, as well as references to Merchandise and vaccinations.
The Cigarete Smoking Man pays a call on Bill Mulder. They clearly had
an agreement that Smoking Man would never visit or seek him out, but the
Skoming Man says that was a long time ago and this business is pressing.
He explains that Bill Mulder's name may be found in the MJ documents, and
encourages him to "Deny Everything." Bill complains that the files should
have been destroyed. The Cigarette Smoking Man says he is protecting Fox
Mulder, to a certain extent.
William Mulder calls his son to Martha's Vineyard to tell him tells
Fox that the choices that had to be made seemed complicated in the past
are clear now, but he regrets them now. He encourages his son to not give
in, and tells him he will learn the meaning of the important words "the
Merchandise," then is killed by Alex Krycek. His final words ask
forgiveness from his son, although for exactly what remain unclear.
[In this episode, Fox seems shocked that his father might have been
part of the conspiracy Fox is chasing, even though in 1989 former FBI
agent Arthur Dale told Fox that Bill Mulder was involved. Does this mean
Mulder did not believe Dale? (Travelers)]
Fox is drugged with a psychoactive agent in his apartment water
system. He assaults Skinner and ignors a disciplinary hearing. Scully is
forced to shoot him to keep him from killing Alex Krycek. She drugs him
and takes him to Farmington, New Mexico. He wakes up on April 16.
Albert Hohsteen and his family take him to a buried boxcar where there are
dozens of misformed human bodies. The translated MJ documents say the
bodies are the result of experimentation by Axis scientists in the US
after World War II. The experiment subjects are referred to as The
Merchandise. In spite of the alien appearance of the bodies, they have
smallpox vaccination scars. We later learn they were killed with Hydrogen
The Blessing Way.
Mulder escapes death in a buried boxcar, when the altered human bodies in
the car are burned by subordinates of the Smiking Man. The Navaho help
him heal and while in a coma, Deep Throat and William Mulder talk to him.
The spirit of Deep Throat encourages him to return to the living.
The spirit of Bill Mulder tells him he brokered fate with his children, a
reference to Samantha's disappearance. He said the lies he told his son
were a poison on his soul and a truth he could not live with. He regrets
the decisions he made so long ago.
The Well Manicured Man approaches Scully and warns her that she may be
killed, possibly by an acquaintance. This causes her to distrust Skinner.
She and Skinner pull guns on each other in Mulder's apartment, short
circuited by Mulder's arrival back home.
Paper Clip. Melissa
Scully dies from gunshot wounds, shot in Scully's apartment when she is
mistaken for her sister. Krycek obtains the digital tape with the MJ
files, and disappears.
Krycek sells information from the MJ documents about a UFO that
crashed in the Pacific Ocean during W.W.II to the French government.
French agents plan to recover the nuclear weapon.(Nisei)
Early August 1995
Fearing publicity, the Cigarette Smoking Man has the triangular-shaped
UFO that crashed in the Pacific Ocean during W.W.II salvaged. A tramp
steamer/salvage vessel registered in San Diego, the Talapus, is used to
recover the UFO, allegedly looking for a sunken Japanese W.W.II submarine
with gold on board.
Note: The name Talapus may be taken from Mount Talapus, near Portland,
A Japanese medical team, conducting an autopsy of a body found on
board the UFO is murdered by a military special forces team. An
Allentown, PA, member of the Mutual UFO Network, Steven Zinter, intercepts
an alien autopsy video feel on a satellite circuit, and sells it by mail
order. (Nisei and 731)
September 16, 1995
Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose. In Saint Paul, General Mutual insurance agent Clyde
Bruckman is sporadically psychic, being able to predict a person's death.
A psychic serial killer kills several fortune tellers, and targets
Bruckman. On September 21 in Le Damfino Hotel, the killer attacks Mulder,
and Scully kills the serial killer. Bruckman commits suicide. Scully
acquires a pet dog, after Bruckman's neighbor dies. Bruckman tells Scully
she will never die. He tells Mulder that Mulder doesn't want to know how
he will die, although at one point he mentions "autoerotic asphyxiation."
We first meet The Stupendous Yappi, a "professional" psychic. First
broadcast on Friday the 13th.
Nisei. Seven weeks
after he intercepts the video feed, Steven Zinter is killed by a Japanese
diplomat who carries a briefcase with satellite photos of the Talapus.
Senator Matheson helps Mulder locate the warehouse where the UFO is
stored, and he sees what he believes to be an alien loaded onto a railroad
quarantine car. Mulder boards the train. Scully meets several other
women who claim to be abductees, and has a flashback in which she sees
herself on an operating table, pregnant.
Robert Patrick Modell, calling himself Pusher, contacts FBI agent
Frank Burst and confesses to several murders which had been classified as
suicides. He eludes capture for some weeks. (Pusher)
731. In Perkey,
WV, a military team executes dozens of malformed humans from Dr. Zama's
Scully finds evidence that the chip implanted in her neck was
recording thoughts, for later playback. The manufacturer is Japanese,
connected by paperwork Dr. Shiro Zama's hospital in WV. Scully talks with
a member of the Conspiracy, the Elder, also known to fans as the Fat Man,
who tells her Zama kept his experimentation secret from his American
A man who claims to be an NSA operative kills Dr. Shiro Zama, under
orders from the Conspiracy, but is himself killed by X. Scully concludes
that she was tested in a similar rail car during her 1994 abduction, and
that Zama tested subjects with diseases and radiation tests.
Mulder suspects that Zama was working to develop a alien/human hybrid
intended as a weapon, to be immune to biological weapons.
The rail car explodes and the bodies at Zama's hospital are removed,
leaving no traces. The Cigarette Smoking Man obtains Zama's records.
(Scully notes that two weeks earlier, the President apologized for secret
radiation testing conducted on civilians up to 1974. The President's
commission was appointed in January 1994 and presented its report in
Piper Maru. An
alien life form, waiting in a sunken P-51 Mustang takes control of a
French salvage crew diver from the ship Piper Maru at the location where a
Foo Fighter crashed in 1945 and where the Talapus salvaged a UFO earlier
in the year. The entire crew suffers from extreme radiation poisoning,
except for the infected diver, Gautier. The entity occupies other people,
FBI Assistant Director Skinner, is shot and wounded by an agent of the
Cigarette Smoking Man -- shown by evidence to be the same man who shot
Melissa Scully, Argentine citizen Louis Cardinale. (Date based on Skinner
saying it has been five months since Melissa was shot, which would really
be September, but this episode has to follow Nisei and 731.)
Scully meets several women who claim to be abduction victims. Some
are suffering from strange forms of cancer that does not respond to
treatment. Some claim to recognize Scully from the "bright white place."
Cigarette Smoking Man takes Krycek into custody, while he is occupied by
the alien entity. The entity is allowed to return to its UFO, placed for
safe storage in an abandoned in missile silo 1013, at Black Crow, North
Dakota, unlike other UFOs stored in Nevada. Krycek is left alive but
sealed in the silo.
Skinner returns to work, limping from his gunshot wound. Cardinale is
found dead in his cell, made to look like suicide.
The Conspiracy meets on 46th Street, New York, preserving the secrecy
and future of its project.
War of the Coprophages. Computerized mechanical insects are discovered in
Miller's Grove Massachusetts (not to be confused with Grover's Mill in
"The War of the Worlds") that could be alien probes. Dr. Bambi Barenbaum
expresses the opinion that UFOs are actually glowing nocturnal insect
Krycek either escapes from the North Dakota missile silo, or is found
by anti-government militia members, lead by Timothy Edward Mayhew.
Krycek works with them to build two bombs. He plans to use one to decoy
Mulder into a complex scheme. (Tunguska)
Jose Chung's "From Outer Space. Nobody really knows what happened in this episode.
Because the episode is told from many different perspectives, the truth is
even more ambiguous than usual. It appears to tell the story of how US
military pilots are flying advanced craft, possibly based on captured UFO
technology. It also appears to show how the military inserts false
memories in people's minds to make them think they have encountered
aliens. One character also suggests that the "aliens" are from inner
space, from inside the Earth.
March 7, 1996
Skinner is set up for discreditation to remove his support for the X-Files
on the eve of his divorce, and is briefly suspended from his job. His
wife, Sharon, is seriously injured, and they decide not to divorce. He
repeatedly sees the old woman who has appeared to him on occasion during
his life to give warning or aid.
Transgen Pharmaceuticals begins making payments to Roberta Sim in
connection with experiments on her adopted daughter, Emily. Emily has
been diagnosed with a rare form of autoimmune hemolytic anemia. The
company uses her in double-blind tests, but Roberta is not satisfied that
Emily is being properly cared for. The cash payments are $30,000 each.
Talitha Cumi. Tina
Mulder has a stroke after talking with her old acquaintance the Cigarette
Smoking Man, and is hospitalized in Providence, RI. Multiple IRS
employees named Jeremiah Smith are discovered to be working in offices
around the country, storing huge amounts of data on smallpox vaccinations.
Smith also has the power to heal sickness or wounds, just by touching the
victim. (Season Three Finale)
is taken captive for at least the sixth time since becoming an FBI agent,
the second time by the Bounty Hunter, however he releases her unharmed.
Jeremiah Smith shows Mulder a Canadian farm where human "drones," some
apparently clones of Samantha Mulder, raise bees among ginseng plants.
Smith tells Mulder that the bees are deadly poison to humans, but not
to his people. The Bounty Hunter kills Smith, but complies with the
Cigarette Smoking Man's request to cure Mrs. Mulder of her stroke.
Meanwhile, X is assassinated when the Conspiracy traces an information
leak to him. Before he dies, he leaves word for Mulder to contact a
Special Representative to the Secretary General of the UN.
One month after the main events in Herrenvolk, Mulder meets Marita
Covarrubias, Assistant to one of the Special Representative to the
Secretary General of the UN. She tells him that the bee farm has been
abandoned, and no evidence of bees or bee husbandry is left. However, she
gives him photographic proof of the ginseng plants and the Samantha
the Cigarette Smoking Man convinces the Bounty Hunter to bring Mrs.
Mulder out of the coma from her stroke. He argues that if Mulder loses
his mother, he would become more dangerous.
November 1, 1996
Walter Skinner moves to a new apartment on the seventeenth floor of a
building in Crystal City, Virginia. His wife, Sharon Skinner, does not
appear to be in residence although she and Skinner partially reconciled in
Krycek sends Mulder anonymous information about members of a right
wing militia planning a bombing. The information, delivered over the next
two weeks, consists of receipts for detonation cord, diesel fuel and 80
bags of ammonium nitrate, paid for in cash and over three different
signatures. The timeframe given for these deliveries is "over the last
several weeks" prior to November 25th.
November 23, 1996 -- Saturday
At Honolulu International Airport, a US government operative is
detained by Customs officials in spite of his diplomatic visa. He is
carrying what he calls toxic soil samples in a diplomatic case that
originated in Georgia, Russia. Accidentally broken, the sample container
contains organisms that enter human bodies and immobilize them. They also
give the appearance of oil within the human eyeball, similar to the
entities from the Pacific Ocean Foo Fighter.
November 24, 1996 -- Sunday
Mulder has a series of dreams in which he sees a blonde girl, dead in the
forest. He actually finds a skeleton where he saw in the dream, and
recognizes the M.O. of John Lee Roche. The victim is identified as Addie
Sparks, but Mulder soon comes to suspect that Roche may have kidnapped
Samantha. Roche actually claims to Mulder to have killed Samantha, after
Mulder finds the trophy hearts, although there are several other ways
Roche could have learned about Mulder's memories of Samantha's abduction.
Mulder takes Roche to Martha's Vineyard. In spite of Roche's detailed
memory of each crime, he does not realize that Mulder has taken him to the
wrong house. Roche escapes Mulder and almost kills a new victim, Caitlin
Ross, before Mulder kills Roche -- without learning the identity or
location of the 16th victim.
(Date November 24 is given on evidence tags containing the hearts.
These events are difficult to resolve with Tunguska. Scully says clearly
that Abbie is found on a Sunday morning, which is consistent with the 24th
of November. Two nights pass in this episode, however, meaning Roche was
killed on November 26th, while Mulder and Krycek are otherwise reported to
be flying to Russia.)
On November 24th, Mulder receives another anonymous nighttime delivery
of receipts -- one for first and last month's rent for a warehouse in
Flushing, Queens, New York and one for rent of a two ton truck, purchased
with the same signature. Mulder fears "we could be looking at the next
Oklahoma City." (Tunguska)
Note: The events of November 25 through December 6 are depicted in
Tunguska and Terma. There is significant intermixing of events.
Particularly, the events experienced by Mulder in Russia, and Scully in
America, while depicted as happening simultaneously, may be offset by a
November 25, 1996 -- Monday
Tunguska and Terma. Mulder organizes an FBI raid in Queens that stops an
apparent plot by American revolutionaries to stage a major bombing.
Mulder and Scully take Krycek into custody. He volunteers to help them
get the man who tried to kill him, and was responsible for the deaths of
Bill Mulder and Melissa Scully. He tips them to a diplomat bringing a
pouch into the country. The pouch, when recovered, contains an ancient
Mars rock. How Krycek knows about the diplomatic couriers is unclear, and
neither Scully nor Mulder asks, on camera, at least.
Mulder leaves Krycek at Skinner's. While Skinner is away, the man who
lost the pouch comes searching for it and Krycek kills him. The man falls
from Skinners balcony, attracting police attention.
At the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, Department
of Exobiology, a core sample is drilled into the Mars rock. It releases
what appears to be oil, coalescing into worm-like organisms that enters
the body of the scientist, Dr. Sacks, and puts him in a coma state.
The Cigarette Smoking Man tells Skinner that he needs the pouch, and
who told Scully and Mulder to intercept it. He says "wars have broken out
Marita, who Mulder locates at her home on the upper West Side of New
York City and spends almost four hours in her apartment, leaving Krycek
handcuffed in the car. Marita tells Mulder where the pouch originated, in
Russia, near Tunguska. Marita provides Mulder cover credentials, and he
and Krycek depart for Russia. (Krycek claims his parents were cold war
immigrants and he speaks Russian.) The Well Manicured Man later tells
the Cigarette Smoking Man that Mulder's travel to Tunguska represents a
Scully, Mulder and Skinner are subpoenaed by Senator Sorenson to
testify before a Senate subcommittee, because of the murder at Skinner's
apartment and related events. (Date of these events taken from Mulder's
wrist watch display.)
At the Harrow Convalescent Home, Boca Raton Florida, several patients
in the infirmary are used a test subjects for a vaccine against the "black
November 26, 1996 -- Tuesday
Mulder and Krycek reach Tunguska and find a gulag, with mining in
progress by slave labor.
Both are captured by men on horseback.
Another prisoner claims to Mulder that Krycek is speaking Russian to the
guards as an equal, and that he is deceiving Mulder. Mulder finds that he
has received an injection in his smallpox vaccination scar.
Scully and Skinner meet with the Congressional subcommittee chair.
November 27, 1996 -- Wednesday
Mulder and several other involuntary experimental subjects are
infected with the Black Cancer organisms from the Martian rocks.
In St. Petersburg, Russia, a retired intelligence operative, Vassily
Peskow, is recruited by "Comrad Arntzen" in Krasnoyarsk. Arntzen is
actually Krycek, or vice versa. (Terma)
November 28, 1996 -- Thanksgiving
At Goddard, Scully finds some sort of worm growing inside Dr. Sacks'
blood stream. (Date based on Scully's comment about Dr. Sacks not
receiving anything but fluids for 48 hours, with 48 hours counted from his
November 29, 1996 -- Friday
Mulder awakes from the experiment, apparently none the worse for wear.
A former geologist tells Mulder that hundreds of people have died as the
result of the experiments. Mulder subsequently escapes in a delivery
truck, briefly taking Krycek captive.
Mulder is assisted by the wife of the delivery truck driver. He
begins making his way back to America -- a task made more difficult by his
loss of his passport and other papers.
November 30, 1996 -- Saturday
Krycek is given sanctuary by Russian civilians who then forcibly
amputate his left arm, to remove his smallpox vaccination scar.
December 1, 1996 -- Sunday
Peskow arrives in America and kills Dr. Bonita Charre-Sayre at her
horse farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. He does this to short- circuit
Conspiracy research into the Black Cancer.
The Well Manicured Man asks the Cigarette Smoking Man to find the
killer of his lover, Dr. Charre-Sayre. The Smoking Man convinces the
congressional majority and minority leaders to create a red herring and
question Scully about Mulder's location, rather than the crimes
December 2, 1996 -- Monday
Scully spends the day at Goddard, learning that organisms with the
appearance of worms are growing in Dr. Sacks bloodstream. (Terma)
December 3, 1996 -- Tuesday
Dana Scully testifies before a Senate Select Subcommittee on
Intelligence and Terrorism. She attempts to warn the subcommittee about
the conspiracy, but committee members demand that she reveal Mulder's
location. She does not, and is jailed for Contempt of Congress .
Note: Scully mentions that she left behind a career in medicine for
one in law enforcement four years ago. December 1992 would be several
months after she was assigned to the X-Files, and at that point she had
already been employed by the FBI for a couple of years. She may mean that
her assignment to the X-Files marked the transition from a career in which
her job was mostly medicine -- teaching at the FBI Academy, to one in
which medicine was more incidental.
Peskow kills Dr. Sack and steals the meteorite fragment. The
Cigarette Smoking Man reveals Peskow's identity to the Well Manicured Man.
December 4, 1996 -- Wednesday
Mulder walks in on a Congressional hearing, short circuiting the
committee's pressure on Scully for Mulder's location. Scully and Mulder
travel to Boca Raton and learn of the infection of convalescent home
patients with Black Cancer. Peskow kills the test patients with poison.
Mulder and Scully then interview militia leader Timothy Edward Meyhew,
who reveals that Krycek planned to explode another bomb in North Dakota.
The truck rented by Krycek is traced to Canada and Scully and Mulder
December 5, 1996
At an abandoned refinery in Alberta, Peskow plants Krycek's remaining
bomb and the Tunguska rock at a well head. With the well spouting oil,
the bomb explodes, causing an oil well fire. The rock is either burned,
or pulled deep into the earth. Mulder is injured by the blast. Scully
encounters Pescow, but is not injured. (Terma)
December 6, 1996
Scully and Mulder testify before the congressional subcommittee, but
are left with no hard evidence of any of the crimes. The Cigarette
Smoking Man and a congressional committee member destroy the documents and
interview reports submitted by Scully.
Krycek visits Pescow's apartment to congratulate him on a fine job in
America. He uses a prosthetic left arm. (Terma)
Transgen Pharmaceuticals makes its second payment of $30,000 to
Roberta Sim in connection with experiments on her adopted daughter, Emily.
January ?, 1997
Leonard Betts. In
Pittsburgh, Mulder and Scully encounter Leonard Maurice Betts, who must
consume cancer in order to survive. He can detect cancer inside a person,
and can regenerate body parts, even to the extent of growing a complete
replacement body. He is decapitated in an ambulance accident, but grows
his head back. He generates another body which dies in a car explosion.
The body of Albert Tanner is exhumed, and both bodies are inspected, side
Betts attacks Scully in an ambulance and tells her that she has what
he needs, i.e. cancer inside her. She kills him with ambulance
defribulators. Scully does not immediately tell Mulder that Betts
claimed she has cancer.
Tests at Holy Cross Memorial Medical Center confirm that Dana Scully has a
tumor on the wall of her nasal cavity, near the brain. The condition is
hard to treat and if it should grow into the brain it would be fatal. It
is the same as that faced by eleven women Scully met in 731. Scully and
Mulder visit Betsy Hagopian's home and learn she died 2 1/2 weeks earlier.
They discover someone downloading her computer files, and track it to Kurt
Crawford. He says he is also a MUFON member and is concerned that a
governmental conspiracy wants to cover up the information in the files.
Scully visits Penny Northern in Allentown-Bethlehem Medical Center.
Dr. Kevin Scanlon treats Penny and says she might have had a better chance
if the cancer had been caught earlier. Scully decides to begin treatment
to try to find "the truth" inside her, with chemotherapy treatments to
weaken her immune system so a gene therapy can be tried. Meanwhile Mulder
and Crawford find references to several dead women being treated at the
federally operated Center for Reproductive Medicine in Lehigh Furnace,
Pennsylvania. When Mulder leaves to take Scully her things at the
hospital, Crawford is killed by a man wielding an "alien killer" ice pick.
Crawford's blood fizzes green, revealing him to have alien DNA.
Mulder sneaks into the Center for Reproductive Medicine and finds
another Crawford clone (although Mulder doesn't realize this) and they
hack their way into the computer system, where reference is found to
Scully in a directory about the Lumbard Research Facility, although she
has not been a patient. Mulder asks Skinner to set up a meeting with the
Cigarette Smoking Man, but Skinner warns him against giving in. Mulder
agrees, and turns to the Lone Gunmen, who hack into the Lumbard computer
and data on the branched DNA found in Scully's system in One Breath.
They physically break into Lumbard, and Mulder finds several Crawford
clones, revealing them to be clones of the blond boy seen with the child
Samantha clone in Herrenvolk.
Mulder is told that the clones are working to subvert The Project that
produced them. He is shown stored ova removed from abduction victims,
including Scully, Penny Northern and Betsy Hagopian. He keeps one of
Scully's. The clones tell him that the abducted women who are dying are
their mothers, providing half the raw material for the hybrids.
The operative who killed the first Crawford almost kills Mulder,
except for some bullet-proof glass. Penny dies, after telling Scully that
she must not give up hope. Scully decides to return to work in hopes that
finding "the truth" will help her find a cure for her cancer.
Although Skinner warned Mulder not to approach the Cigarette Smoking
Man about Scully, Skinner does himself and begins to negotiate what it
would take to save Scully's life. The Smoking Man tells him that there is
always another way, "if you are willing to pay the price."
(It has been reported in the media that Chris Carter has a contact at
the FBI with whom he checks various details to improve accuracy. This
contact's name is reported to be Kurt Crawford -- apparently where the
name for the character in this episode originated.)
February 23, 1997
Mulder takes Scully out to celebrate her 33rd birthday. Meanwhile, at
about 8pm, Flight 549, carrying Max Fenig, crashes near Northville, New
York, after an apparent encounter with a UFO. Conspiracy forces mobilize
to keep the truth secret. Max's sister, Sharon Graffia, a private pilot,
approaches Mulder and Scully during their birthday party and informs them
of the crash. Mulder suspects that Max was kidnapped directly from the
jetliner, although NTSB investigators appear to find Max's body. Later
evidence suggests that two UFOs were near Flight 549. Sharon is abducted,
and returned to the crash site by a triangular UFO. Mulder and Scully
make contact with Sergeant Louis Frish, the air traffic controller in
contact with Flight 549. Frish asks for protection, and Scully takes him
to Washington, then, oddly, takes him to a public bar, where a Conspiracy
operative attempts to kill one or both of them. Scully kills the
operative, but Pendrell is shot, taking a bullet for Scully. Meanwhile,
Mulder locates a crashed UFO in a lake. Scuba diving to it, he finds an
apparent grey alien at the controls, but is approached by two lights
underwater.(Note: This episode covers four days, beginning on the evening
of February 23 and concluding somewhat after midnight on the morning of
February 26, 1997
MAX. Two divers
assault Mulder underwater, he escapes, but is arrested on land by a
military unit. The operative who shot Pendrell escapes but Pendrell dies
from his punctured lung. Scully bails Mulder out, revealing that Sharon
is not Max's sister, but was once a co-worker at a defense industry
company. The Air Force claims Frish erred, and caused an F-15 to hit
Flight 549. Mulder and Scully visit Max's Airstream trailer, and find a
video tape he made. (Max also had the Sounds From the Key of X CD in his
stereo.) The military unit recovers hardware and bodies from the sunken
saucer, and the operative (now back in the Albany area after having
escaped from Scully in Washington and not limping from his leg wound)
states that they have found what they were looking for. Sharon tells
Scully that she stole a piece of alien hardware from her employer. Max
had one part, which is why the UFO followed Flight 549. She had another
piece, which is why she was abducted. Mulder finds the third in an
airport baggage claim office, and takes it on a commercial flight to
Washington, much like the events that happened to Max a few days earlier.
The operative is also on board the flight. A UFO intercepts the flight
and recovers the final piece of alien hardware. It is unclear whether
this UFO is human-operated or alien-operated, but the implication is that
it is alien-operated, since the Air Force tried to shoot down the UFO that
tried to abduct Max. Mulder is left with no evidence.
Operatives for the Conspiracy ship seven packages of the Conspiracy to
South Carolina for a test. One package is damaged and sent to a shipping
house in Virginia for inspection. Some of the bees, carrying smallpox,
escape and build a colony in a wall. (Zero Sum)
April 12, 1997
receives treatment with a psychoactive drug as part of his efforts to
remember the circumstances involving his sister's disappearance. He
experiences a series of flashbacks to events in his family's summer
cottage in Rhode Island during which his parents argue and the Cigarette
Smoking Man is present -- at one point calling young Fox a spy. Closed
captioning reveals Mrs. Mulder repeatedly says "not Samantha," and Bill
Mulder says that the orders came down from on high. Bill Mulder and the
Smoking Man also argue during the flashbacks, which may or may not be
true, due to the drugs Mulder has received. Mulder awakes in a motel,
unable to explain how he got there, and with the blood of two murdered
people on his shirt. Murder charges against Mulder are eventually
dismissed when it is discovered that the victims were abductees, also
receiving the psychoactive drug, who participated in a murder-suicide.
Mulder confronts his mother about the events in the summer house he has
seen in flashbacks. He accuses her of betraying his father, but then
accuses her of having an affair with the Cigarette Smoking Man, and asks
who his father really is. She rebukes him, and says she will not stand
for such questions, asking Fox if he wants to kill his father all over
again. (This episode contains a significant inconsistency in dates. Act
one is clearly labeled as happening on April 12. April 12, 1997, was a
Saturday, however Scully tells Mulder that April 12 is a Sunday. Other
episodes this season have clearly included the 1997 date, leaving the
inconsistency impossible to resolve.)
April 27 1997
Zero Sum. Jane
Brody, a worker at a parcel shipping company, is killed by bee stings.
Based on the agreement worked out in Momento Mori, the Cigarette Smoking
Man directs Skinner to clean up the scene of Brody's death and remove all
evidence. Skinner is forced to impersonate Mulder, and a Conspiracy
operative kills a police officer who could identify Skinner, using
Scully enters the hospital for tests on her cancer.
The Conspiracy begins a test of the smallpox-carrying bees, in a
school yard in South Carolina, leading to further deaths.
Skinner learns about Mulder's contact in the United Nations, Marita
Covarrubius, and contacts her, explaining that he has located some of the
bees. She encourages him to inform authorities of what he knows --
something he cannot do without implicating himself in obstruction of
Mulder discovers from photo evidence that Skinner posed as Mulder, and
confronts him. He eventually comes to believe Skinner's story, and covers
up for him when it is confirmed that Skinner's gun killed the police
Marita is revealed to be an associate of the Cigarette Smoking Man,
although their relationship is unclear, as are her motivations for feeding
information to Mulder. (Date taken from evidence log.)
Scully reports to a committee comprised of Section Chief Blevins (who
first assigned her to the X-Files) and several other men and women who are
not identified in the episode. She says she is there to report on the
illegitimacy of Mulder's work over the years, and that Mulder has been the
subject of a complex hoax dealing with alleged alien life and the
abduction of his sister. She reports that Mulder claimed to have located
the frozen body of an extra-terrestrial, but that two scientists studying
the body in a warehouse/lab in southeast Washington DC were killed and the
body stolen. One is named Arlinsky, the forensic anthropologist who
Mulder has been in contact with over the last four years.
Scully reports that she was also told that several members of a
Canadian geodetic survey team were killed in the cave in the St. Elias
Mountains in the Yukon Territory, where the alleged alien body was
located, in an apparent earlier attempt to take the body. She claims to
have learned about a complex "mechanism of deception" that was designed to
mislead Mulder, resulting in what she calls the "illegitimacy" of Mulder's
work. In fact, at least one of the people in the Yukon, an associate of
Arlinsky's, is shown to be an operative of the Conspiracy.
Scully also describes locating Michael Kritschgau, assigned to the
Pentagon Research Division in Virginia, who she says she found stealing an
ice core sample. She further relates how Kritschgau describes the
complicated conspiracy to mislead Mulder to deflect scrutiny from the
continued misdeeds of the military-industrial complex by convincing Mulder
to go public with claims of alien life, and that Kritschgau further claims
the same people engineered Scully's cancer.
Kritschgau claims that his son is very ill as the result of
Conspiracy chemical warfare experiments during the Gulf War.
Scully also tells the committee that her cancer has moved into her
blood stream, which she had said in Momento Mori would almost certainly be
fatal to her. She reports that Mulder was found dead in his apartment of
an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
(As always when The X-Files uses flashbacks, it is difficult to
determine what actually happened, and what is based on imperfect memories
and/or Scully's fabrication as part of her lie.)
Redux. Mulder is
not dead. In fact, Scully is cooperating with him to entrap the
Conspiracy source in the FBI. The dead man is Scott Ostelhoff, Conspiracy
operative who has been videotaping in Mulder's apartment through a tiny
hole in the ceiling. 24 hours before the FBI joint committee seen in
Gethsemane, Mulder kills Ostelhoff in self defense, then uses his DOD
security clearance card to infiltrate the Pentagon. Mulder finds dozens
of apparent alien bodies (or are they hoaxes?), sees several apparent
abductees undergoing medical tests and irradiation, and finds the secret
basement storage room where Conspiracy evidence is kept. He finds a
storage box containing materials relating to Scully, and takes a vial of
fluid, in hopes it contains a cure for her cancer. He also finds a file
card with Scully's name on it, plus many serial or code numbers. He finds
a card for Michael Kritschgau, Jr., but there are no serial numbers on the
card. Mulder escapes the Pentagon at the last second, through the
intervention of the Cigarette Smoking Man.
The Smoking Man has earlier in the day visited Mulder's empty
apartment, with a look of remorse on his face. He discovers that the
apartment has been subject to video observation, without his knowledge.
He complains to the Elder (also known as the Fat Man) Conspiracy that the
information should not have been kept from him, because he has been
keeping Mulder in check, and in fact "created" Mulder. The Elder denies
knowledge of such observation.
Scully, meanwhile, spends the day at the Paleoarcheology lab at
American University, where cells found in the Yukon ice have begun growing
into an organism. She discovers that DNA fragments in a virus in the
organism are also in her body. This proves conclusively to her that
whoever gave her cancer is also responsible for what she sees as the body
After providing false information to the FBI joint committee, she
reveals the DNA evidence, and makes the accusation that someone in the
committee room is responsible for both the hoax and her cancer. Her
suspicion centers on Skinner. Her nose begins bleeding, and she
collapses. Skinner leaps across the room to catch her, and calls for a
Mulder takes the vial of fluid to the Lone Gunmen, who extract some of
the contents to analyse the fluid inside. Spectography reveals it is
"de-ionized water," meaning it is not a cure.
Redux II. Mulder
rushes to Trinity Hospital Medical Center, where Scully is a patient, and
meets Skinner in the hallway. Skinner says he has been witholding
forensic evidence and Mulder believes he is not responsible for Scully's
The Cigarette Smoking Man tells Mulder that the deionized water
contains a computer chip designed to inhibit the cancer, and the Lone
Gunmen find it in the vial. Dana decides to have the chip implanted, but
also finally returns to her faith. The family priest comes to her hospital
room and they pray.
The Elder watches a Congressional hearing on TV, about human
cloning. He orders an assassination.
The Cigarette Smoking Man brings Samantha to meet Mulder, at night in
a diner. She says she remembers little about her abduction, and has been
told that her family was dead. She considers the Smoking Man to be her
father and has been told that he and Mrs. Mulder had an affair but kept it
secret. She is confused and afraid, and leaves without giving Mulder a
means of contact, but promises to consider whether to have further
The Cigarette Smoking Man tells Mulder that Kritschgau did not tell
him the entire truth. He offers Mulder the complete truth, if Mulder
leaves the FBI and goes to work for the Smoking Man. Mulder is greatly
tempted, but ends up declining.
Mulder testifies to the FBI committee and names Blevins as the FBI
mole responsible for Scully's cancer. Later, in private, another member of
the FBI committee kills Blevins and makes it look like suicide.
The Cigarette Smoking Man is shot through a window, but Skinner tells
Mulder that no body was found and they assume he is dead because so much
blood was lost.
Dana's cancer goes into remission, but it is unknown whether this is
the result of the chip or prayer or what.
A Biotechnology firm called Roush is implicated with both Kritschgau
and Blevins. Skinner is seen in the Congressional committee room,
listening to the testimony about human cloning and investigating Roush.
Mulder ends the episode crying in the hallway outside Scully's
hospital room, happy that she is in remission, but frustrated that he is
still without answers.
(Note: The federal personnel computer screen seen in Gethsemane
contains an apparent April date for these events. In Redux, the phone
records show October dates. This Timeline assumes that the April date
was something other than a current date.)
November 21, 1997
Writer Jose Chung is killed by a pickaxe through his skull after he is
targeted by a militant religious sect known as the Church of
Selfosophy. The killer is known as the "Nostradamus Nutball," a name
coined by Chung himself. Chung is killed as former FBI agent Frank Black
is chasing another Selfosophist, who had just grazed Chung with a bullet.
(The Millennium episode Jose Chung's "Doomsday Defense,"
broadcast on this date.)
December 21, 1997
Dana Scully and her mother travel to the San Diego US Naval Air Station to
visit Bill Scully Jr., and his wife, Tara, who is pregnant. Dana answers
a phone call and believes she hears her dead sister's voice saying "she
needs your help." The call is traced to the Sims residence, where Roberta
Sims has committed suicide. The Sims have a 4 year old daughter, Emily,
who Dana learns was adopted. Emily looks almost exactly like Melissa
Scully at age 4. Dana reveals to her mother that because of her abduction
some years earlier, Dana cannot have children -- something that is
bothering her more and more.
Dana suspects murder in the Sims case, and an autopsy shows high
levels of a pain-killing drug in Roberta's system, injected via
hypodermic. In a search of the Sims residence, a needle is found. Dana
sees two mysterious men outside, watching. Tests show a 60% chance that
Emily is Melissa's daughter. Dana orders more extensive tests. She
learns that the Sims have been getting large cash payments from Transgen
Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Calderon there tells her that Emily has a rare
medical condition they have been treating experimentally. That doctor
prescribed the drug found in Mrs. Sims blood to Mr. Sims, who claimed to
have severe headaches. Mr. Sims is arrested for murder, and Emily is taken
into custody by Social Services.
In the San Diego County Jail, Mr. Sims is found dead of an apparent
suicide just after the same two mysterious men, who claimed to be his
lawyers, leave his cell. Dana petitions for custody of Emily, but Social
Services discourages her because of her job and lifestyle. On Christmas
morning, a courier arrives with the results of the more sophisticated DNA
tests on Emily. She is not Melissa's daughter, but is the daughter of Dana
December 31, 1997
arrives in San Diego to help Scully. Emily's birth mother is given in
secret records as "Anna Fugazzi," but there is no trace of a real person
by that name. Mulder testifies for Scully before an adoption judge.
Emily is found in the children's home to have a very high fever and a
green cyst on her neck. When a biopsy is done, green ooze and gas comes
Dr. Calderon declines to deliver her medical records. Mulder visits
him, roughs him up, then follows him to a large house. Two Dark Suited
Men there kill Calderon, whose wound bleeds green ooze. They then morph
into Calderon's appearance and leave. One goes to the hospital and injects
Emily with something green. Mulder eventually returns to the house, and
finds it is a nursing home and finds 71 year old Anna Fugazzi, and several
other elderly women, who has each had a baby in recent years. Dr.
Calderon has been treating them with a "Beauty Sleep." Mulder finds a
human fetus in green liquid, with Dana Scully's name on the documentation.
Kresge meets Mulder at the house, and they are both attacked by a Dark
Suited Man, who escapes after injuring Kresge. Mulder leaves with a vial
of the green fluid.
Emily is very ill, with a growth in her body. She dies. The Scully
family attends a funeral service a few days later. After the service,
Dana opens the casket to recover her necklace, that she had given Emily to
wear. The body is gone, and filled with sand to give it the appropriate
weight. The necklace is in the sand. The nursing home has been emptied
with the women placed in other homes around the state. Kresge recovers.
Nobody at Transgen knows anything about Dr. Calderon's work. (Several days
apparently pass during this episode. It has been suggested that for Tara
to be walking after the birth of her son, that a week or two must have
passed between the final scene of Emily in the hospital and her funeral.)
Early January 1998
The son of Tara and William Scully, Junior, is born, just before
Emily's funeral service. He is named Matthew.(Emily)
Patient X. In
Kazakhstan, a boy, Dmitri, witnesses a scene in which a light from the
sky descends and several people are burned to death. Soon after, a UN
team led by Marita Covarrubias and a Russian team led by Alex Krycek
confront each other. Krycek has Dmitri and takes him to a prison where
he is infected with Black Cancer. Krycek, however, makes off with Dmitri
and takes him by ship to New York.
Fox Mulder is on an MIT visiting lecturer's panel discussing the case
of "Patient X," Cassandra Spender, who says she has been taken by aliens
several times. Mulder does not believe, saying instead that it is a
government conspiracy. Dr. Heitz Werber tells Mulder that he is treating
Cassandra, and Mulder meets her in person. She says the different alien
races are warring and she expects to be called. They are here to deliver
a message, but something has gone wrong. Cassandra is confined to a
wheelchair. At FBI Headquarters, Special Agent Jeffrey Spender talks with
Scully. Cassandra is his mother and she is emotionally disturbed, he
says. He asks that the X-File agents not talk with Cassandra. Mulder and
Scully then discuss Cassandra. She was abducted from Skyland Mountain,
Virginia, where Scully was taken. At Skyland Mountain, several cars
carrying abductees are waiting. The Bounty Hunter approaches carrying a
wand and sets people on fire. The Bounty Hunter's face appears to have
the eyes, nose and mouth sealed shut.
Marita reports to the Consortium about Kazakhstan. There were 41
bodies, all burned by an intense biochemical reaction. The Elders say
there is no clear information on the weapon used. We are still 15 years
away from when "it begins." While they meet, Krycek telephones. He knows
the Consortium is working on a vaccine for the black oil. He wants to
trade Dmitri. Later, the Consortium learns about the Skyland Mountain
incident. Someone is going to great lengths to undermine their work. "We
have to stop it before the Colonists intervene." On the ship, Krycek and
Marita meet. They kiss passionately and go off to be alone. After Marita
has left, Krycek discovers that Dmitri has been taken.
Cassandra recognizes the names of many of the Skyland Mountain
victims. She was in a UFO cult with them 20 years ago. Scully is feeling
called. Mulder learns that several of the dead had implants and were
being treated for emotional problems. Marita calls Mulder to tell him
about Kazakhstan. While she is talking to Mulder from a payphone, Dmitri
approaches with oil leaking from his eyes. Mulder learns that Scully and
Cassandra are both missing. They are on a bridge -- Ruskin Dam in
Pennsylvania -- with a large group of people, waiting. Dmitri is there,
too. There are lights in the sky. One of the people bursts into flames
and we see two men in black approach, carrying the wands that set people
on fire. They seem to be faceless -- their eyes, nose and mouth seem
covered by skin.
Note: The MIT panel in this episode is probably the UFO convention
referenced in The Pine Bluff Variant. At some point following the UFO
convention, Mulder is approached by Jacob Steven Haley, a domestic
terrorist. Haley is on a crusade against the American government.
Because of Mulder's accusations about a conspiracy in the government,
Haley belives Mulder may support the effort. Mulder, however, reports the
contact immediately and begins a deep undercover assignment to capture
Haley and his band of terrorists. Scully is not told. Mulder soon learns
that August Bremer is the mastermind of the group, and is vieing with
Haley for actual leadership. (Pine Bluff Varient)
The Red and the Black.The camera sees a close-up of a letter being typed on a
typewriter. "Dear son, I hope this finds you well..." The letter talks
of reconciliation, and tells a legend of twin war gods coming together to
get magic and weapons from their father to eliminate the monsters of the
world. The letter voices hopes for a reconciliation between father and
son. A boy trudges through a snowy Canadian forest to the door of a
cabin. An arm hands a red envelope to the boy, who sees that it is
addressed to someone at the FBI.
At Ruskin Dam in Pennsylvania, rescue crews arrive and find many
burned bodies. Mulder also arrives and learns that Scully is one of fifty
survivors. Cassandra Spender is missing. Scully is taken by helicopter
ambulance and ends up at Memorial Hospital in Washington DC. She wakes up
but has no memory of what happened or how she got to Pennsylvania. Many
of the burned bodies had implants, possibly used to call the people to the
dam. Mulder believes that the government made the chips. He does not
trust his memory of his sister's abduction. Mulder suggests that Scully
undergo hypnotic regression to remember what happened at the dam.
Cohorts of the Well Manicured Man have found Marita alongside the
road. She is infected with the Black Oil and is unconscious. The Well
Manicured Man is also holding Krycek captive in the Russian ship and
realizes that Krycek has a vaccine making resistance to the "alien
colonists" possible. Meanwhile, at Weikamp AFB, a UFO crashes. One
occupant of the craft is dead, the other is one of the faceless men who
were at the dam. Security Police take him into custody.
Dr. Heitz Werber hypnotizes Scully. She remembers seeing a UFO
overhead. It disappears and the faceless men appear, setting people on
fire. Another UFO arrives and attacks the faceless men. Cassandra
Spender is levitated into the ship and it leaves. Scully awakes, shocked
by her memories. Later, Jeffrey Spender visits the X-Files office and
talks with Scully. He plays a tape of himself as an eleven year child,
telling a story about his mother's abduction, but says it was false,
induced by having her tell so often what she said happened and because
Spender's father left his family.
Marita has been given the vaccine Krycek provided, but she has not
awakened. The Elder orders the surviving faceless man to be turned over
to the colonists, saying "survival means cooperation." The consortium
thought they were fifteen years away from the colonization, or whatever
they are working toward, but it seems to be beginning now. The Well
Manicured Man argues that an alliance might be possible with the rebel
faction of the colonists but the Elder will hear nothing of it. The
Bounty Hunter, (first seen in the episode Colony) enters the Air Force
Base by climbing over the chain link fence topped by razor wire. Mulder
comes home to find Krycek in his apartment. Krycek says there is a war
and five billion people could die as the result of the planned
colonization of Earth by an alien race. Krycek says "I was sent by a man
who knows that resistance is in our grasp." He says the sites of the
deaths are "lighthouses" where the invasion will begin. The burnings were
done by a resistance.
Mulder does not believe but Krycek gives him the name of Weikamp AFB.
Mulder and Scully go there and find the base uncustomarily closed. As
they are at the gate a truck leaves, driven by a man Scully recognizes
from the dam -- a man viewers know to be an operative of the consortium
and the man who shot the Cigarette Smoking Man. Mulder jumps on the back
of the truck and climbs into the canvas-covered bed. Inside he finds a
cell containing the surviving faceless man. The driver morphs and becomes
the Bounty Hunter. He stops the truck, possibly because the Air Force
Base gate has notified him by radio that Mulder has boarded the truck. The
Bounty Hunter enters the back, looking for Mulder, and pulls out an "ice
pick" device, which can be used to immobilize Bounty Hunters. A UFO
appears over the truck and a faceless man enters, carrying a burning wand.
Mulder shoots his gun, then experiences lost time. He wakes up surrounded
by security police, unable to remember what happened. The Bounty Hunter
and the faceless man are gone.
There is no news about Cassandra. We see that Marita's eyes are clear
of the Black Oil indicating that the vaccine has worked. Skinner tells
Jeffrey Spender that he has a powerful patron outside the office. Spender
receives a letter mailed from Canada. Then we return to the Canadian
forest and see a boy walking up to the cabin in the snow. He gives a
letter to the occupant, who is the Cigarette Smoking Man, and we see that
the letter he wrote to somebody in the FBI has been returned, unopened.
Notes: (1) The return address given on the letter at the opening and
close of this episode is Rural Route #1. North Hatley, Quebec. The letter
received by spender is addressed to Mr. Jeffrey Spender, Federal Bureau of
Investigation, 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC. Pennsylvania
Avenue and Washington DC are visible on the envelope returned to CSM but
the addressee's name is covered by the Return to Sender No Forwarding
Service Available lable. (2) One of the faceless men seen in Patient X
certainly looks like Brian Thompson, who plays the Bounty Hunter. The
episode makes it evident, however, that the character the Bounty Hunter
was not one of the faceless men. (3) The episode name was taken from a
novel that was famous for exploration the psyche of its characters.
The actual name is a reference to roulette.
April, 1998 ????
Pine Bluff Variant.In Folger Park, Washington D.C., Mulder is jogging -- part
of an undercover operation with several other agents to trail Jacob Steven
Haley. Haley meets another man, gives him something in an envelope, and
soon after the man collapses. Haley runs off and Mulder gives chase, but
claims Haley got away. Scully becomes very suspicious when a tape shows
that Mulder allowed Haley to escape. Haley is leader of a domestic
terrorist group. The death was the result of a genetically engineered
bio-agent. Skinner is leading the investigation along with another man,
listed in the episode credits as the Field Agent.
Bremer enters a theater showing "Die Hard with a Vengance" in Ohio and
uses a spray bottle to spread the toxin. Later, two teenagers enter the
theater and discover everyone else dead. Scully follows Mulder to the
Aaron Burr Motor Court where he talks with Haley by phone. Haley says he
was set up but Mulder said he couldn't help it and let him escape because
he believes in Haley's ideals. A car picks up Mulder and Scully follows,
but she is intercepted by government agents and taken to Skinner and the
Field Agent. Mulder is working a deep cover operation. Haley's terrorist
group contacted Mulder after Mulder talked about government conspiracies
at a UFO convention. Scully and Skinner go to the Ohio theater. Mulder
is questioned by Haley and the Skin Headed Man, who breaks one of Mulder's
fingers. Haley, however, believes Mulder.
When Mulder returns to his apartment, Scully is there. August Bremer
listens through a laser listening device as they talk. Haley wants
shipment scheduling information for the Federal Reserve Banking system,
and Mulder delivers prepared false information to Haley. Scully,
meanwhile, discovers that the toxin is a genetically engineered bacteria
that only becomes active when it touches skin. It seems to be a more
advanced version of a bio-weapon developed by the Pine Bluff laboratory in
the 1960s. She tells Skinner but Skinner does not relay the information
to the Field Agent. Mulder is taken along by the terrorists on their bank
raid, wearing masks. Money is stolen but it is a cover-up to allow money
in the bank vaults to be sprayed with the toxin.
After the heist, Haley and Bremer argue. Bremer plays the tape of Mulder
and Scully talking. Haley is given car keys and allowed to leave. Bremer
and the Skin Headed Man take Mulder aside to kill him -- they say they
don't want the others to be present during the death so they cannot be
accused of being accessories. Just before the Skin Headed Man kills
Mulder, Bremer kills the Skin Headed Man. He tells Mulder to take a car
and escape, but gives no explanation. Mulder rushes back to the bank, but
Scully and Skinner are there and say they quarantined the building before
the money was distributed. Scully recognized Mulder in the tape of the
bank robbery because of his broken finger. The Field Agent comes out of
the bank and claims that no toxin was found on any of the money -- a lie.
He is part of whatever government conspiracy used the terrorist group to
test its bio-weapon. Meanwhile we see that Haley is dead of the biotoxin,
left on the car keys he was given.
The End. In a
packet stadium in Vancouver, a Russian man and an American boy play chess.
Overhead, an assassin sets up his weapon. The boy seems to hear
unintelligible noises. Just as the boy declares "checkmate," the man is
shot and killed. Meanwhile, in the Lautentian Mountains of Canada, two
paratroopers land on snow and approach the cabin where the Cigarette
Smoking Man is living. One is shot while trying to enter the cabin. The
other sees footprints in the snow showing that CSM is running. He
follows, getting the drop on him. The commando is Alex Krycek and he was
sent to bring CSM back for the Consortium. They have a job for CSM, which
Skinner tells Mulder that Agent Spender has been assigned to handle
the chess match killing and he does not want Mulder involved. Mulder goes
into the briefing anyway and quickly points out on the tape that the boy,
named Gibson, pulled back just as the shot was fired, as if he knew about
the assassin. Also in the briefing is Scully and Agent Diana Fowley. She
supports Mulder. She has been with the Bureau since 1991 and has been
working at the embassy in Berlin, but she had some things in the US she
wanted to get back to. Mulder, Scully and Fowley interview Gibson in a
psych hospital in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Mulder thinks he can read
minds. He tells Mulder, "You're thinking about one of the girls you
brought." Scully doesn't believe he is a mind reader, and even if he was,
who would want to kill him? Diana suggests, maybe someone whose business
is keeping secrets.
Mulder interviews the shooter, who is in custody, over Spender's
objection. The shooter is a former intelligence agent, and the gun is
registered to an intelligence agency. Mulder offers immunity. Later, the
shooter is slipped a note written on an opened pack of Morleys saying
"you're a dead man." Meanwhile, Gibson is undergoing tests for mind
reading, and is proving 100% accurate. Scully takes the test results to
the Lone Gunmen for analysis "with an eye to the parapsychological." They
tell her that Diana was Mulder's "chicky" when she just got out of
the academy, around 1991. She was there when he discovered the X-Files.
The Gunmen always wondered why they split up.
Mulder and Diana talk. She says Gibson is the real thing. Too bad
Mulder doesn't have a partner who is more supportive -- Scully doesn't
seem to have a very open mind. Scully sees them talking and holding
hands, and is upset. Rather than walking up to them in person she goes to
her car and calls on the cell phone. She has important news about Gibson.
As she drives off, Agent Spender arrives and is accosted in the parking
garage by CSM. Spender is bewildered and has no idea who CSM is. Mulder
sees them and becomes suspicious of Spender. With everyone gathered
together in Skinner's office, Scully explains -- Gibson has an unusual
level of development in one brain lobe that science doesn't understand
well. Mulder thinks the boy may be the key to understanding human
potential and to everything in the X-Files. He presses for immunity for
the shooter. Later, Mulder goes back to the shooter and says the Attorney
General is considering immunity but needs more information. The shooter
says the boy is a missing link and Mulder jumps to the conclusion that
Gibson has alien genes and is proof of ancient astronauts.
Diana is watching Gibson in a motel safe house. Gibson senses there's
a man outside with a gun. Diana is shot through the window. Later, as
Diana is loaded into an ambulance, Mulder arrives. She is barely alive.
The shooter has been found dead in his cell, with a pack of Morleys in the
cell. CSM has Gibson and turns him over to the Consortium. Mulder
accosts Spender in public and accuses him of working for CSM. Spender, in
turn, presses charges against Mulder. Skinner informs Scully that there
is talk in the Justice Department of reassigning Mulder and Scully and
closing the X-Files. Mulder thinks it was all a plan against him, and
this time they may have won.
CSM is in the X-Files office. He takes the Samantha Mulder file and
leaves, meeting Spender in the hall. "I can give you access," he tells
Spender. "Who are you?" "I'm your father." Before more can be said, a
fire alarm goes off. The X-Files filing cabnets are on fire, and the fire
soon spreads to the rest of the office. When Mulder and Scully arrive the
office has been destroyed. All the files are gone. Scully gives Mulder a
long hug, and the fifth season of the X-Files ends.
June 19, 1998
The public premier of
Movie. The events of the movie are presumably
set during the summer of 1998. The telegram in the final scenes has the
date "September 6" on it. This Timeline makes the assumption that most
of the events in the movie happen in August, with some of the concluding
scenes in September. It has been pointed out, however, that the action in
Antarctica is sunlit, and the sun only shines in Antarctica during Southern
Hemisphere's Summer, or from about September 21 to March 21.
In Blackwood, Texas, a boy named Stevie falls through ground near his
home into an underground cave. Black Oil flows out of the ground and
enters his body. Three friends call for help, and the Black Oil also
enters four firemen who enter the cave to rescue Stevie. A mysterious
bio-containment team arrives, hauls off some of the infected people and
sets up biocontainment tents over the cave opening.
A week later, with the X-Files closed, Mulder and Scully (still
partners) are in Dallas to assist with the search for a bomb. A threat
has been received to blow up the Dallas Federal building. Without
permission, Mulder has gone to a nearby building, checking it for
explosives, because none have been found in the Federal building. Scully
came along. Taking a break from the search, Mulder enters a room with
vending machines and discovers the bomb inside a vending machine, with a
timer counting down to zero, but he is locked in the room. Using cell
phones, he informs Scully who mobilizes authorities to evacuate the
building. A cutting torch is used to open the door to the vending room.
The agent in charge, Darius Michaud, orders everyone else out of the
building, indicating that he will disarm the bomb alone. Mulder
hesitates, because it is against FBI policy to leave an agent alone in
such circumstances, but Mulder allows himself to be rushed outside.
Michaud takes no steps to disarm the bomb, waiting calmly for death, and a
massive explosion rocks the building, as the final evacuation vehicles
race away from the scene.
Back in Washington, Scully testifies before an investigation committee
of the Office of Professional Responsibility that, in effect, is looking
to place the blame for not preventing the explosion. Scully and Mulder
learn that a boy and three firemen have been reported killed in the
explosion, along with Michaud. Scully is informed that she and Mulder
will be split up, and she considers resigning from the FBI. She says
being stationed at a field office, such as Omaha, would not hold the
interest for her. Later, Mulder goes to a bar to drown his sorrows and
meets Dr. Kurtzweil, who says he was an associate of Mulder's father, but
who left the Project. Kurtzweil claims that the fatalities in the
explosion were already dead before the explosion, in a Federal Emergency
Management Agency office in the building, and that the explosion was to
cover their deaths. He says Michaud sacrificed himself for the
We see a scene at the bio-containment facility set up at the cave.
Another human body is there with its skin turning transparent. Inside a
creature can be seen, growing and feeding on the body as scientists study
it. As the Cigarette Smoking Man inspects the site, Black Oil is being
pumped through pipes at the biocontainment site, possibly into unmarked
tanker trucks outside.
Mulder rousts Scully out of bed and they go to the Bethesda Naval
Hospital morgue where the bodies of some of the fatalities have been sent.
She finds that they were not killed by the explosion but have some sort of
virus in them that is dissolving their internal organs. Mulder returns to
the bar and talks with Kurtzweil who claims the FEMA story about an
outbreak of the Hanta virus is a lie. Meanwhile, Scully is almost caught
by security personnel as she studies the body in the morgue.
At the biocontainment site, the alien unexpectedly exits the body,
before the vaccine can be tested and attacks one of the scientists. He is
sealed in the ground to contain the escaped alien.
The Elders meet in London and are alarmed that the virus has mutated.
Instead of just occupying the human body, it is growing a new alien
organism inside. It becomes clear that the original intent of the
Consortium, 50 years ago, was to cooperate with the Colonists as a way of
buying time to develop a vaccine. They decide they must prove to the
Colonists that they know about the mutated virus by showing them a human
body in which an organism is growing. The Consortium has been working for
years to help the Colonists spread the virus, under the impression that at
worst the human race might be enslaved. Now they are concerned that they
may have been misled and that the alien Colonists will commit genocide
against the human race. The Well Manicured Man is upset that decisions
have been made before he arrived. During this meeting we meet Strugholdt,
who is the apparent leader of the Consortium. He lives in Tunis and flew
in especially for this crisis meeting.
The agents fly to Texas and find evidence of the same virus in
archeological bone fragments recovered from the explosion -- apparently
the remains of one of the hunters 37,000 years ago. The local officials
tell Mulder and Scully where the bones were collected and they go there,
to the site where Stevie fell into the cave. (This site may be several
hours drive from Dallas, because the agents arive near sundown.) Stevie's
friends tell the agents that the trucks just left an hour earlier, and the
agents pursue. They eventually find a field of irrigated corn in the
middle of the Texas brush, near the US border. At night they enter one of
two illuminated domes in the field. As they are exploring, louvers open
releasing swarms of bees. Mulder and Scully escape the dome without being
stung, then are chased through the corn by helicopters.
Back in Washington, Scully presents her additional evidence to the
investigation committee, but they are unconvinced. Meanwhile Mulder and
Kurtzweil talk, and conclude that the corn is genetically modified to
carry the virus, which is picked up by bees. At Mulder's apartment later,
Scully tells Mulder that she has been transferred to Salt Lake City, but
that she has resigned. Mulder entreats her to continue to help him pursue
the truth. In a tender moment they almost kiss, but Scully is stung by a
bee that has apparently been inside her clothing all the way back from
Texas. She immediately goes into shock. Mulder calls for help and an
ambulance quickly arrives. At the last minute as they depart with Scully,
the ambulance driver shoots Mulder, grazing his temple. As the first
ambulance (carrying agents of the Consortium) leave, the real ambulance
arrives. Mulder wakes up in a hospital, under guard. This incident
represents at least the eighth time in her FBI career that Scully has been
kidnapped, abducted or taken hostage.
The Lone Gunmen and Skinner help him leave secretly (wearing Byer's
clothes with Byers in Mulder's bed, talking with Skinner), and Mulder
seeks out Dr. Kurtzweil at the bar. Instead he meets the Well Manicured
Man. Kurtzweil is apparently dead but the WMM (who opposes surrendering to
the Colonists) invites Mulder into his car. He explains the alien virus,
saying that it was the original inhabitant of the planet, millions of
years ago. He says many aliens await underground for the Colonists
arrival. He says the Consortium cooperated initially because they thought
the human race would just be "occupied" by the virus. There is concern,
however, that the Colonists plan to use humans to gestate a new race of
aliens, which is a violation of their agreement. There is an implication,
not completely clear, that the bees distribute the alien virus that is
picked up from genetically engineered corn pollen. WMM and Mulder discuss
Mulder's father, William. He allowed Samantha to be taken into the
cloning program, so she could survive as a genetic hybrid, immune to the
virus. WMM gives Mulder a vaccine and geographic coordinates where Scully
can be found. They may be WMM's way of insuring that the vaccine would be
entered into the Colonist's environment, because he knows Mulder will do
anything to save Scully. WMM dies in an explosion of his car just after
Mulder leaves, because he betrayed the Consortium.
Mulder makes his way to Wilkes Land Antarctica (which is south of
Australia) 48 hours later, and driving a Snowcat he discovers an
installation where WMM said it would be. He runs out of gas and as he
approaches on foot, he falls into a hole in the snow, sliding several
dozen feet or more down a pipe in the snow. He finds himself inside a huge
alien spacecraft. He eventually finds Scully, naked and sealed in a fluid
canister that is apparently used to incubate the virus inside her. He
breaks the canister open and injects her with the vaccine.
There is a quick response that also affects the hundreds or thousands
of other canisters, also containing incubating humans. Mulder wraps
Scully in his parka and puts his outer snow pants on her (a scene not
shown on screen) and they begin to make their way out of the spaceship.
Scully is semi-conscious, at best. At one point he has to perform CPR on
her as aliens in nearby canisters come to life and try to break out, but
Scully coughs and revives. Soon after, the agents are pursued by these
highly aggressive aliens, saved only by an earthquake caused by the ship
beginning to move, that knocks the aliens back down into a hole in the
ice. As Mulder and Scully run away from the buried ship, the ice and snow
collapses behind them, forming a giant crater that expands behind them as
they run. They barely escape as the giant ship lifts off and departs.
Scully is groggy and does not clearly see the ship depart. Some fans
claim to hear her murmur "I saw it." Others claim she says no such
Early September, 1998
Again returning to Washington, Scully presents her final evidence to
the Office of Professional Responsibility committee. Her conclusion is
that the FBI does not currently have an investigation unit competent to
study the evidence.
Outdoors, Mulder tells Scully that she was right to quit, but she
says now that she cannot, because the virus has a cure and they can
save many lives by continuing the search for the truth. (Movie)
September 6-7, 1998
In the Tunesian desert, we see another field of irrigated corn, and
domes housing bees. The Cigarette Smoking Man pays a call on Strughold to
say that Mulder has been reinvigorated by his experiences. Strughold
dismisses Mulder as an annoyance who has seen only pieces and does not
understand the greater whole of The Project. Strughold adds "One man
alone cannot Fight the Future." CSM shows Strughold a telegram that
arrived the day before saying "X-Files reopened, please advise."
The Beginning. In
Phoenix, AZ, an employee of Roush Technologies, Sandy, is sick when a
corporate carpool van leaves him off at home. In the morning, he doesn't
come out to the van so another Roush employee enters the house looking for
him. Sandy is on a sofa with his chest exploded outward. The other man is
attacked and killed by an alien before he can leave the building.
In Washington, Mulder is using high tech equipment to salvage
information from the burned X-Files. The investigating committee has
trouble believing the story of the alien ship in the antarctic. After the
meeting, Scully tells Mulder that she still must rely on science.
Skinner tells Mulder that his reassignment to the X-Files has been denied,
but Skinner directs Mulder to a file folder in the X-Files office. In the
folder, Mulder finds information on Sandy's death. Agent Spender walks in
and we learn that Spender and agent Diana Foley have been assigned to the
X-Files. Meanwhile the Cigarette Smoking Man informs the Consortium that
the alien is alive and is being sought. He enters a surgery facility and
tells the doctors that Gibson Praise must be prepared to travel.
Gibson's ability to read minds may help locate the alien. Mulder and
Scully visit Sandy's house, violating FBI rules, and find a piece of claw
left in a gouged wall.
At the Rolling Hills Nuclear plant, 60 miles from Phoenix, a nuclear
engineer named Homer investigates an unusual gauge reading and is killed
by the alien, which is hiding in the hot chambers near the reactor. By
the time Mulder and Scully learn of the incident and arrive there are
dozens of FBI and emergency response people at the plant. Spender and
Foley deny Mulder and Scully access to the scene and as Mulder and Scully
leave, they find Gibson hiding in their car. They take him to the
Camelback View Motel. Gibson's skull has been cut open and stitched back
shut. He has a fever and is not well. Scully argues that Gibson could be
their last best chance to prove Mulder's beliefs. As they leave to take
Gibson to a hospital, Foley arrives and tells Mulder that she accepted the
X-Files assignment to protect Mulder's interests. The creature is in the
reactor #4 building. Mulder goes with her to find it while Scully takes
Gibson to the hospital. Gibson is soon kidnapped by an operative of
the Cigarette Smoking Man and also taken to the nuclear plant.
Mulder and Foley find what appears to be a shed skin of the alien.
They see the operative and Gibson, and follow to the reactor chamber,
which has control rods extending down into a pool of water. The FBI
agents are locked out of the room but watch the alien kill the operative.
Gibson, apparently communicates with the alien, and both disappear to
somewhere Mulder cannot see them.
The investigating committee reprimands Mulder and Scully and orders no
involvment with the X-Files. Scully tells Mulder that the claw found in
Sandy's house contains a DNA match with the virus, which also matches DNA
in Gibson. In fact, the DNA matches inactive DNA in all humans, but it is
active in Gibson. The Cigarette Smoking Man visits agent Spender to
congratulate him on how the affair was handled. At the nuclear plant, we
see Gibson hiding as under water in the reactor vessel, we see the alien
again shed its skin. Rather than the reptilian creature we saw in the
X-Files Movie, it now looks like a "regular" grey alien.
Dreamland Part I In
rural Nevada Mulder and Scully drive down a highway at night. Mulder has
been contacted by a source who claims to work at Area 51 at Groom Lake, a
top secret facility. Mulder believes the source may know the truth about
UFOs and alien life. As they approach the base, they are surrounded by
government vehicles and soldiers order Mulder and Scully out of their
car. A civilian official, Fletcher Morris, tells them that they must
leave, and that there are no flying saucers. But a UFO flies over and
Mulder and Morris change bodies. Scully, not realizing this, pulls
"Mulder" (really Fletcher) on the arm and they leave.
Mulder, who everyone else thinks is Fletcher, plays it by ear and
goes back to Area 51. His name tag has the organizational name "Majestic"
on it. A video display at the security desk makes it clear to him that he
looks like Fletcher. Mulder finds Fletcher's office by the name plate on
the wall and sees photographs of Fletcher with presidents and other VIPs.
He tries to phone Scully, but she is out of the vehicle getting gasoline.
A woman calls who is obviously Fletcher's wife. She is unhappy he is at
work so late and complains. Another agent comes in and says phone records
confirm that an informant did call the FBI. The agent gives "Fletcher" a
ride home. Mulder does not get into bed with Fletcher's wife, spending
the night in a recliner chair, watching a porno channel on the TV. In the
countryside, authorities are at a crash site. The co-pilot is physically
embedded in a boulder but still alive. The pilot is speaking an
At FBI HQ the next morning, Assistant Director Kersh reprimands the
agents. Fletcher, posing as Mulder, promises to never investigate an
X-File again. He flirts with Kersh's secretary and Scully tells him he is
acting unusual. Meanwhile, Fletcher's wife, Joanne, wakes Mulder. Mulder
cannot handle the Fletcher family homelife, which includes two teenagers.
He locates Fletcher's car keys and his partner calls to tell him that
something big is going on. At Area 51, Mulder learns that the pilot of
the test craft is speaking Hopi, and claiming to be an elderly Hopi woman.
The woman has been located, and she appears to have the memories of the
pilot. Later, from a payphone, Mulder reaches Scully in Washington. She
does not believe his story but orders a trace on the call. As Mulder
drives his car he sees the white goverment vehicles rushing the other
direction. One slows to tell "Fletcher" to follow. The gas station where
Mulder placed the call has been wrecked. Inside, the attendant is
embedded in the floor and someone says "it happened again." A soldier
kills the attendant and the gas station is burned.
Scully visits Mulder's apartment. Kersh's secretary, giggling, is
just leaving. Scully tells "Mulder" that the call was traced to near
Groom Lake but he says they would get in trouble if they attempt to follow
up. Meanwhile, Mulder is in a meeting at Area 51. There has been a tear
in the space-time continuum, apparently caused by the antigravity
propulsion system of the craft. General Wegman, commander of the
installation, mentions "we've been flying them since 1953." There is no
way to know if they can undo the effects of the tear.
Scully is back in Nevada. She finds the destroyed gas station, and
finds two coins fused together. In the morning, Scully shows up at
Fletcher's house. Joanne accuses her husband of infidelity. Mulder tries
to convince Scully of who he really is, even describing what she eats for
lunch -- mixing bee pollen in with her yogurt. She still does not believe
and drives off. Kersh calls her cell phone and threatens that she must
do exactly as he says. Fletcher, posing as Mulder, is also in Nevada and
has called Area 51 to report a security leak. Mulder steals the flight
recorder from the crashed craft and meets Scully, but it is a setup and
Mulder is arrested. As Mulder is hauled off, he shouts repeatedly to
Scully, "he's not me, he's not me." To be continued next week.
Dreamland Part II (The episode opens with narration by Morris Fletcher over
home movies showing young Fox and Samantha Mulder. Fox is dressed as
Spock from Star Trek and his fake ears keep coming off. Fletcher says
Mulder has ruined a brilliant career but "now all that's gonna
As Mulder is taken away by the authorities, Scully begins to wonder.
Mulder is put in a holding cell beside the UFO pilot in the Navaho woman's
body. Scully is reprimanded by Kersh and given a two-week suspension.
Morris invites her to Mulder's apartment for a "home cooked meal." Mulder
is questioned by the commander of the installation, Wegman. Security has
learned that the flight recorder he gave to the FBI was not the recorder
from the crash. Not knowing the reason for the switched recorders, Mulder
claims he did it as part of a plan to identify the informant. No longer
in trouble, Mulder goes to the Fletcher home and tries to explain to
Joanna that he is not her husband, but she does not believe him.
Morris arrives home at Mulder's with bags of groceries. He searches the
apartment and finds the bedroom, filled with boxes and junk. (Mulder
always sleeps on his futon in the living room.) Later, Scully arrives and
Morris gives her the tour of a redecorated apartment, including the
bedroom with a canopied waterbed. He attempts to seduce Scully and she
pulls out her handcuffs, saying "do you know what I'd really like to do?"
Morris is tricked into cuffing himself to the bed, but Scully pulls out
her gun and accuses him of being Morris Fletcher, not Mulder. He admits
it, saying that he couldn't stand his life and that he has no idea how to
reverse the body switch. As they talk the informant calls on the phone
and arranges a personal meeting in Rachel, Nevada.
Back in Nevada, Scully and Morris go to a bar to meet the informant.
Morris is obeying Scully and goes in while Scully waits in the car. Morris
discovers that the informant is General Wegman, who gives Morris the
actual flight recorder. But Mulder and Joanna are also in the bar, because
Mulder wants to be somewhere public. Seeing Morris there, Mulder goes
outside and talks with Scully, who admits that she believes his story.
Area 51 security agents enter the bar, and Mulder, Morris, Scully and
Wegman all have to duck around to avoid being seen. Mulder, Morris and
Wegman all end up in the men's room and hatch a plot. Wegman boldly walks
out and orders the Area 51 agents outside, where they find Mulder carrying
a paper bag. Inside is not the flight recorder but a six-pack of beer.
Morris, meanwhile, slips out and drives off with Scully.
The Lone Gunmen are eating dinner when Scully and Morris arrive. It takes
them a while to be convinced that Morris is not Mulder. Morris claims
that most of what the Gunmen print in their publications is invented to
hide the truth -- much of it made up by Morris himself. He claims that
Saddam Hussein is his creation -- an actor who causes trouble whenever a
distraction is needed. The Gunmen decrypt the flight recorder and find
that in addition to the regular data items it tracks, it records things
like Tachyon Flux and Gravitational Displacement. Scully and Morris go
back to Nevada yet again and meet with Mulder. The Gunmen have concluded
that what happened was such a fluke that there is no way to recreate the
body switch safely. Morris has been tasked to return the flight recorded
to Area 51. Scully is suspended. she has to leave Mulder without hope.
The next day, Mulder talks with Wegman. Why was he the informant? Wegman
sabotaged the aircraft to disable the Stealth Module so Mulder would see
it. Looking back on his career, Wegman regrets that he has been involved
in misleading the American people. "We just fly these birds. They
engineer them up in Utah." Wegman says he doesn't know the truth and asks
Mulder if aliens really exist, to which Mulder has no answer.
Three young people, on a lark, are hiking up a mountain to where they
might see UFOs. Some kind of visual wave approaches and passes them and a
boy and girl who had been kissing are fused together. The other boy runs
for help, flagging down a car on the highway that carrys one of the Area
51 security agents. When they reach the other two, however, they are no
longer fused and have no memory of the events. Scully and Morris drive
past the gas station that was destroyed a few days earlier and it is
undamaged. The owner is alive and well and has no memory of trouble.
They rush to the Fletcher home where Mulder is packing to leave. As
Scully tells Mulder that the time warp appears to be reversing itself,
Morris talks with Joanna. He describes their wedding and other memories
and she believes that he is her husband, although in Mulder's body.
Area 51 authorities show up and take Mulder, Morris and Scully into
custody. They take them back to the highway where Mulder and Morris
exchanged bodies. The bodies of Morris and Mulder flicker and they are
back in their own bodies, but time has reversed and they are at the moment
when they first exchanged bodies, with no memory of the events. Back in
Washington, Mulder and Scully's (only) trip to Nevada has not been noticed
by Kersh. Scully finds the fused coins on her desk and is bewildered as
to where they came from. Mulder returns home and enters his apartment,
but it is still decorated the way Morris left it. He has to open his door
again to see if it is really apartment 42.
S.R. 819. Assistant
Director Skinner is at a gym, in a boxing ring with a sparring partner.
He becomes disoriented and gets knocked out, waking up in a hospital.
While waiting for a doctor, Skinner's cell phone rings and a scrambled
voice says, "it's in you -- you have 24 hours -- you are already dead."
The doctor, however, releases Skinner, after drawing blood for some tests,
because there appears to be nothing wrong except for a bruise on his
Later that evening at FBI headquarters, Mulder and Skinner talk.
Skinner is on a couch in his office and is having trouble seeing and
Mulder calls Scully into the office to consult. They wonder if Skinner
might have been poisoned. Retracing his day, Skinner remembers a man who
bumped into him in the hallway. They identify him as Kenneth Orgel, a
physicist who is an advisor to a US Senate committee. Mulder and Skinner
go to see Orgel, who denies that he was at the FBI building, but there
are several men in black in Orgel's home. After a chase, Mulder catches
one. He has Tunesian diplomatic papers, so Skinner orders Mulder to
release him. Orgel has disappeared with the other men in black. In
his house, Mulder finds papers showing Orgel with Senator Matheson,
who has occasionally helped Mulder with tips.
Scully goes to talk with the doctor who saw Skinner, Dr. Platte. The
blood tests have not yet been done. They find tiny bits of carbon in
Skinner's blood. It is unclear what they are, but they are multiplying.
Scully eventually finds that the carbon is creating a matrix and building
structures in Skinner's blood. Mulder visits Senator Matheson. Orgel
has been working on a bill to provide aid to third world countries via
expanded exports, but the Senator declines to help Mulder further with the
case. On embassy row, Skinner pulls into a parking garage and his car is
fired on by the Tunesian. He and Skinner stalk each other through the
garage, but as the Tunesian is about to shoot Skinner, a car races through
the garage and runs down the Tunesian, killing him. Skinner collapses.
Scully learns that Skinner is being brought back to the hospital. An
emergency room doctor is preparing to remove Skinner's arm. Much of his
body is now discolored and mottled. Scully barges in and stops the
procedure, because the problem is in his blood. In Skinner's office,
Mulder finds that Skinner has been doing a security review on export laws
involving new technology. Going to the hospital to inform Scully of his
discoveries, Mulder takes a phone call from the synthesized voice, and
finds that a man is in the hallway using a handheld data device, a Palm
Pilot. Mulder chases the man, who we see to have long hair, escapes,
leaving his car on a higher level of the parking garage. Soon after, the
long-haired man also calls the Senator.
At the FBI impound lot, the car driven by the long-haired man has been
gone over by a forensics expert. It has strands of wig hair in it, and
PCB traces on the tires. The PCBs could come from any abandoned power
plant. Senator Matheson arrives at an abandoned power plant and finds
Orgel tied up and with the same skin mottling that Skinner has. Orgel
swears that he told the FBI nothing. The long-haired man is watching,
moves a control on his Palm Pilot and Orgel dies. Meanwhile, Scully has an
idea to filter Skinner's blood to try to remove the carbon. Skinner tells
Scully he is sorry for not helping her and Mulder more; he always played
it safe and didn't take sides. All of a sudden, Skinner remembers seeing
a man at the gym and at the FBI office -- with long hair.
Mulder arrives at the power plant and finds the Senator's car.
Inside, Matheson tells him that Orgel is dead, killed by the conspiracy.
What they put in Skinner is nanotechnology -- tiny robots. They wanted
S.R. 819 in order to be able to export the nanites and the Senator claims
he is not involved. At the hospital, Skinner's heart stops. As a sheet
is pulled over Skinner's body, a hand is seen to adjust a remote control,
and Skinner revives. It is the long-haired man.
Three weeks later, Skinner's is doing well. Whatever is inside him is
dormant and he is back at work. S.R. 819 has been withdrawn. Mulder
thinks it is about the X-Files, but Skinner will not authorize further
investigation, which Scully finds odd because of Skinner's comments about
helping them more. Later, Skinner enters his car in the FBI parking
garage. Alex Krycek is waiting for him and it is obvious that it was he
wearing the long hair wig. He tells Skinner that he could press the button
and kill Skinner at any time. "What's this all about?" asks Skinner.
"All in good time," replies Krycek. [There is no clear date reference
in this episode. The "early 1999" entry given above is strictly
speculation. It could have happened almost any time after the X-Files
Two Fathers (Most
of this episode is told as narration by the Cigarette Smoking Man. Who he
is talking to is not clear. The episode begins with flashbacks to many
past conspiracy arc episodes, laying the groundwork for the current
In a railroad yard in Arlington, Virginia, doctors in biocontainment suits
make an incision in a patient's stomach. Green acid boils out and the cut
heals itself. Another doctor arrives and is told that after 25 years the
work is complete, but a faceless man arrives and sets fire to the medical
team. We see that the patient is Cassandra Spender, who has been
missing for a year.
The Cigarette Smoking Man discusses the conspiracy for his unseen guest.
It is hard to believe that the end is here. It was a perfect conspiracy,
preparing the way for the invasion of an alien race and creating a slave
race of human-alien hybrids. They kept it secret for 50 years, since
Roswell, but a rebel alien race came to upset their plans.
Skinner tells agent Spender that his mother is in the hospital, having
survived the attack in the rail car. At the hospital, she does not
explain what happened but asks to talk to agent Mulder. Not happy about
it, Spender eventually tells Mulder but does not specifically ask for
help. Mulder believes that it is a set-up, designed to entrap Mulder and
get him out of the FBI completely. Meanwhile, the Smoking Man visits the
one doctor who survived the rail car attack. He is in a hyperbaric
chamber because of his burns. The doctor says the rebels came to take
Cassandra so they can expose the conspiracy. The doctor points out that he
must not be questioned, and with regrets, the Smoking Man turns off his
oxygen supply. In Silver Spring, Maryland, one of the elders (played by
actor George Murdock) is informed by the Smoking Man that an emergency
meeting of the Consortium has been called, but a faceless man arrives and
burns the elder.
Mulder and Scully realize that they have seen these burned bodies before
and that Scully has been kidnapped and subjected to tests in a rail car in
the past. They meet with Cassandra in secret at the hospital. Long
confined to a wheelchair, she can now walk fine and feels wonderful. She
says the woman Mulder saw last year was not his sister. Samantha is with
the aliens. The doctors were also working with the aliens who are here to
wipe the human race off the planet. They are taking over the universe,
infecting all other life forms with a black substance called "purity,"
which is their life force. Agent Spender is also in danger, because he is
allied with the men who are working with the aliens, including
her ex-husband, Cassandra says.
The Smoking Man tells his unseen guest that he killed to keep his
collegues from finding Cassandra because he couldn't bring himself to
allow the death of his ex-wife, and that his collegues did not realize
that their group had been infiltrated. In the meeting of the consortium,
we see the burned elder alive and well. He suggests that the consortium
should ally with the rebels but Krycek refutes the suggestion, saying that
helping the invaders has provided time to develop a way to fight them, but
he gets "shushed" by the Smoking Man. At the FBI, Mulder and Scully use
Spender's computer to research Cassandra and agent Spender. They locate a
photograph of Cassandra's ex-husband, C.G.B. Spender, and it is the
Smoking Man. Skinner warns them to leave the X-Files office, but Spender
arrives with other men and Mulder and Scully are put on administrative
leave for unauthorized access to the X-Files office.
Spender reports to his father that Mulder has been suspended. They argue
and Spender is told "you pale to Fox Mulder." But later, because he has
been exposed, the Smoking Man goes back to Spender and assigns him to kill
the rebel masquerading as an elder, using an "ice pick" weapon. Krycek
drives Spender to the Elder's mansion but Spender bungles the attack and
Krycek, who has been serving as back-up, appears and kills the alien.
Spender is shocked at evidence of the truth of his mother's claims.
Krycek admits that Cassandra has been the subject of experiments for 25
years and that agent Spender has, in effect, been protecting the project
that has harmed his mother. Meanwhile, Scully has researched C.G.B.
Spender. The name is certainly an alias, but Scully has a box full of
information, including a 1973 photograph of C.G.B. and Bill Mulder. They
worked together for 25 years on a classified project and it is clear that
the project is still going on. We finally learn that the Cigarette
Smoking Man has been talking to Diana Fowley. He says she has never
failed him and she answers that it's not too late, she will help.
Cassandra is not in her hospital room and her guard is gone. She shows up
at Mulder's apartment, scared because "they" are right behind her. As
someone else knocks on Mulder's door, Cassandra says she is "the one," and
tells Mulder he must kill her. As the pounding on Mulder's door
continues, and as Scully says "no, we have to protect her," Mulder draws
his gun and aims at Cassandra. To be continued, next week.
One Son In opening
scenes of the episode, we see the Elders on October 13, 1973, in a giant
hangar. The hangar doors open and many grey aliens enter. They are
presented a folded US flag.
In Mulder's apartment, Mulder has his gun aimed at Cassandra, but the door
bursts open and several men dressed in biocontainment suits enter, saying
they are with the Centers for Disease Control. Diana
Fowley is also there, claiming that they have been infected with an
unknown disease. They are taken to Fort Marlene where they go through
decontamination procedures. Cassandra is kept seperate from Mulder and
Scully. Diana tells them that the CDC was called by agent Spender.
Scully argues that nobody is infected and wants to see Cassandra. She is
suspended from the FBI, however, and cannot see Cassandra. Scully thinks
Cassandra has been taken to continue the experiments. Mulder thinks she
was taken because "she is the one."
Krycek reports to the Smoking Man that he has recovered all of Cassandra's
medical records and concludes that the rebels struck because if the
Colonists find out about her, they will begin the colonization. The
Smoking Man says maybe we need to let colonization begin -- it's the only
way for us to be safe and see our loved ones again. At Fort Marlene,
Mulder sneaks through the halls and in a darkened room finds Marita
Covarubius. Her hair is in ratty and she is far from her usual elegant
appearance. She says if "they" find her with Mulder they will kill her.
She has been subjected to terrible tests -- infected with the black oil to
test the vaccine. Mulder realizes that the hybrid program was done in
cooperation with the aliens, but was just a way of buying time. If the
aliens learn that a successful hybrid exists, they will begin the
Jeffrey and Diana visit Cassandra Spender at Fort Marlene. Jeffrey had
her taken into medical isolation to protect her (apparently not realizing
what fans know, that Fort Marlene is a stronghold of the Consortium.)
Cassandra says if the Consortium gets her, everyone dies. Meanwhile,
Mulder is summoned to the office of the Lone Gunmen. Scully has had them
research Diana Fowley. She took a position in Europe with the FBI
counter-terrorism unit but there are no records of her cases. Other
sources show that she spent her time visiting every MUFON (Mutual UFO
Network) chapter, showing particular interest in female abduction vistims.
She also visited Tunisia weekly. Scully thinks she's monitoring the
abduction experiments. Mulder says he is not convinced.
Mulder, however, goes to see Diana. She is not home so he picks her lock
and searches her apartment, finding nothing incriminating. While he is
there, the Smoking Man enters, and Mulder holds him at gunpoint. He came
looking for his son, who has chosen the wrong side. Mulder points out
that CSM is the one who is experimenting on women without their
permission. CSM says Bill Mulder was against it, but came to his senses
and gave up Samantha. The Project was approved by majority vote in 1973,
and became an organization outside of any government. They voted to
cooperate with the aliens and the aliens insisted that they turn over
their children and loved ones, including Cassandra. They were sent with
the aliens on the promise that they would be returned when the
colonization began. The choices, CSM says, were not made lightly.
Samantha was abducted from her home because Bill Mulder resisted, but the
only way to get the alien fetus was for Samantha to also be taken. The
DNA from the alien fetus was the only way to develop a race of hybrids
that could survive the holocaust. Bill Mulder's idea was to use the alien
DNA to develop a vaccine. "We've succeeded in spite of ourselves," says
CSM. Colonization will now begin. A state of emergency will be declared
because of the outbreak of the alien virus, delivered by bees. He gives
Mulder a slip of paper.
Mulder argues that it has to be stopped or everyone dies. CSM makes clear
to Mulder they they will both survive and that Fox can see his sister
returned, or die in vain like the rest of the world. He urges Mulder to
"save her, save yourself," and leaves the apartment without objection from
Mulder. Meanwhile, Jeffrey arrives at the meeting place of the Elders in
New York. Only Krycek is there, and he says they have all left for West
Virginia where they will be prepared to receive the alien genes and be
taken by the Colonists. The doctors enter Cassandra's room to begin her
for transportation, injecting her with a drug to immobilize her. CSM is
there and he and Cassandra talk privately. She calls him the biggest
bastard of all and he does not defend himself, except to say that were it
not for his actions everyone would be dead. He ordered the abductions to
save her and Jeffrey. She pleads with him to kill her, to stop the
colonization, but he cannot.
Mulder is still in Diana Fowley's apartment when she returns. He tells
her about his conversation with CSM and says sometimes the only way those
you love can survive is for you to give up. He shows her the paper given
to him by CSM, that says "El Rico Air Base." Diana has no reaction, other
than to kiss and hug him. Meanwhile, Jeffrey finds his mother gone from
Fort Marlene. Marita finds him and says they are packing everything up.
They are going to leave and not take her, but she tells Spender she knows
where they are going and how they will take Cassandra there and she begs
him to help her. A doctor enters the room where the original alien fetus
is kept in liquid nitrogen, in order to prepare it for transportation. A
nurse enters -- she is a rebel and kills the doctor, taking the fetus and
assuming the identity of the doctor.
Mulder and Scully talk by phone. He wants to take Scully to West
Virginia, presumably to get her included in the group that is saved.
She, however, has learned from Spender where Cassandra is, in the Potomac
Yards where she will be transported by train. Mulder sends Diana on ahead
to West Virginia and goes to meet Scully, because it is their last chance
to stop the colonization. The train is already rolling when they get
there. Scully, driving, blocks the rails with their car, but the train
wrecks the car and continues unstopped. Skinner arrives and Mulder and
Scully tell him they must head for El Rico Air Force Base, in West
Virginia. In the giant hangar at the air force base, CSM arrives and
notes that there are still people missing. The first Elder says they are
waiting to send the signal summoning the colonists until everyone has
arrived. The rebel arrives with Cassandra.
One person missing is Alex Krycek, who is at Fort Marlene. He discovers
the dead doctor and that the alien fetus has been taken by rebels. In the
hall, he finds Jeffrey and Marita. They can't get out because the
security guards will not recognize Jeffrey's authority to remove a
patient. Krycek says it is all going to hell and that the rebels are
going to win. Diana arrives at the hangar. An alien ship arrives, but
the Elders are puzzled because they have not yet sent the signal. The
rebel posing as the doctor presumably called his allies. Rebels rush into
the hangar and surround the Elders and their families, but CSM and Diana
are to the side and quickly escape as we hear screams from the remaining
Later, back at the FBI, Assistant Director Kersh is horrified at the
pictures of the burned victims at El Rico AFB. Skinner is also in the
meeting. Spender says he might have prevented the deaths. Agents Mulder
and Scully might also have prevented the deaths, he points out, if they
had not been suspended. Spender says he was wrong to bring charges against
Mulder and Scully, and urges that the two assistant directors do
everything they can to get Mulder and Scully back on the X-Files. Kersh
asks Mulder if he has answers and Mulder says that he has had answers
for years but nobody would listen. The future is here and all bets are
off. Later, in the X-Files office, Jeffrey arrives to clean out his
things and finds CSM waiting for him, holding the picture of himself and
Bill Mulder from 1973. CSM says Bill Mulder was a good man, but he
betrayed CSM. Jeffrey says he knows enough about his father to hate him.
CSM draws his gun and fires at Jeffrey, then sadly leaves the office.
(This episode leaves many questions, including how much, if any, of the
structure of the consortium remains alive. We have clear evidence that
the Consortium was made up of many people speaking different languages and
apparently from different countries, including conrad Strughold in
Tunisia. They certainly were not all there in West Virginia. Might there
have been multiple pickup points around the world? Is Strughold still
alive and in control?)
February, March or April 1999?
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, Mulder and Scully are in the office.
Mulder is looking through old newspapers for evidence of flying saucers
and finds an article mentioning Arthur Dales in Roswell, New Mexico, in a
story relating to baseball. Scully has little time for baseball and
accuses Mulder of being more interested in baseball than in work. Mulder
goes to Dales' home and finds another man there, who says he is the former
FBI agent's brother, also named Arthur Dales. (He says their parents were
not very creative in selecting names.) Mulder tells Dales that the
newspaper picture also appears to show an alien bounty hunter. Mulder has
to validate himself by answering baseball trivia questions, but Dales
eventually invites Mulder in. Dales asks the philosophical question of
whether a passion can change a man, really shapeshift and transform
On June 29, 1947, Dales was a police officer in Roswell and was assigned
to protect negro baseball star Josh Exley from racist threats that the
game of baseball should be kept white. Exley plays for an all-negro team
called the Roswell Grays. Dales ends up traveling on the team bus, and at
night, in a lightning storm, Exley's reflection in the bus window appears
to be the image of a gray alien. The next day, during a game, Exley is
hit on the head with a ball and knocked out. He murmers words in an
unknown language and claims to be from Macon, Georgia. Dales finds
green acid on the glove used to cushion Exley's head and sends it off to
be tested. Dales calls the Macon police and learns that Josh Exley was a
six year old child that disappeared about the time Exley arrived in
Roswell. The Macon police officer Dales talks with is really a bounty
hunter. Exley denies to Dales that he was ever in Macon. Dales thinks
Exley "tanked" the game that day because American League scouts were there
and he did not want to be recruited into the major leagues, because Exley
has a secret.
That night, Dales sees a gray alien in Exley's room, wearing a baseball
cap and holding a bat. Dales faints at the sight, but the alien wakes him
up and tells him he is Exley -- this is his real face. Exley morphs into
a pretty girl to prove his claim. The next day they talk more. Exley
says his people guard their privacy and don't allow intermingling, but
when he discovered baseball he immediately fell in love. The bounty
hunter arrives in Roswell, looking for Exley. Posing as Exley, he goes to
the lab and kills the lab technician who was testing the acid on the
glove. Dales finds Exley and warns him that a witness claims he killed a
man. Exley says he talked "with his family" and they want him to come
home. He leaves, supposedly to go back home, and several "men in black"
Exley actually, however, returns to the baseball team and plays a night
game. The reason he does this is unclear, but possibly because he wants
to hit one more home run and set a record. He considers the baseball
diamond to be is real home, even though he seemed to say clearly to Dales
that he was returning to his "family." (The teams for this game are
wearing uniforms, but it is apparently out in the country
and there are no spectators, as if they had to hide the fact that they
were playing a mixed-race game.)
After a home run, several men in the white sheets of the Ku Klux Klan and
carrying guns ride up on horses. Exley has gotten too good and the KKK
wants to keep the game of baseball white-only. They threaten Exley, but
the white baseball team overcomes the klansmen, one of whom, knocked
unconscious, is seen to be a gray alien. Everyone else runs off and Exley
confronts the bounty hunter, who quickly awakes. The bounty hunter says
he warned Exley and tells him to show his true face so he can die with
honor. Exley does not morph. Dales drives up as Exley is killed. The
bounty hunter escapes and Dales concentrates on Exley, who is dying.
Exley warns Dales that his blood is like acid, but Dales finds only red
blood. As Dales had suggested to Mulder, Exley apparently loved the game
of baseball so much that it transformed him into a human, but Mulder can't
figure out if the story is metaphorical.
Late at night, Scully arrives at a baseball diamond where Mulder is
hitting baseballs thrown by a machine. Scully claims she was called by
"Fox Mantle" for an early or late birthday present. Mulder shows Scully
how to use a bat, wrapping his arms closely around her. He jokes about
leaving behind a career in medicine to hunt aliens and reveal a global
conspiracy, but Scully says "shut up, Mulder. I'm playing baseball," with
a big grin on her face. (Note: Scully's birthday is February 23, but
this episode could anytime within weeks of her birthday -- probably
later because of the nice weather in Washington DC.)
Three of a Kind The
episode begins with a "Previously on the X-Files" segment, showing the
Lone Gunmen's 1989 encounter with Suzanne Modeski, then shows an
opening narration by Byers in which he says he dreams of living the
perfect life but the dream always ends and he loses it all. In his dream,
Suzanne is his wife. The last scene in this segment is of Byers,
standing in a bleak desert, holding a wedding ring.
The Lone Gunmen are at the hotel hosting "Def-Con '99" in Las Vegas, a
convention of black ops technology and trying to discover details of
secret technology, although they are not allowed in to the conference
itself. In a complicated ruse, Byers is in a private poker game,
pretending to be a defense contractor, but another player, who we later
learn is named Grant Ellis, entraps him with fake jargon, and Byers is
kicked out, losing $3,000 in the process. The Gunmen return to their
room. Two other geeks come to their door, Jimmy and Timmy, and invite
them to go to supper. In a private moment, it becomes clear that Byers
pushes for the Gunmen to attend such conventions because he is looking for
Suzanne -- they first met her at a convention in Baltimore. On the way to
supper, Byers sees Suzanne in the casino, but cannot catch up with her.
Mulder calls Scully in the middle of the night, telling her that the
Gunmen have found something big and she has to come to Las Vegas, but it
is the Gunmen using a computer to fake Mulder's voice. Later, getting
ice, Byers sees Suzanne again. A man enters her hotel room and she kisses
him. The Gunmen hack into the hotel computer and learn that the room
belongs to Grant Ellis, who they learn is an employee of the Advanced
Weapons Research facility, where Suzanne worked ten years earlier. Byers
urgently wants to get into the closed room where the actual Def-Con
seminar is taking place. Jimmy knows how -- he crawls through an air
duct. He sees Suzanne in the room, and is surprised to see his friend,
Timmy -- Timothy Landau -- also in the seminar. Jimmy is caught and
injected with something. A short time later he jumps in front of a bus,
killing himself. Meanwhile, Scully has just arrived and she wonders why
she can't reach Mulder by phone.
Frohike, dressed as a maintenance worker, gets into Suzanne's room to
plant a video recorder in the room, but he finds a recorder already there,
in an air duct. Suzanne returns and Frokihe hides in the bathroom. Then
Byers comes to the door. Suzanne recognizes him but denies she has been
brainwashed. Yes, she was kidnapped ten years earlier, but "things got
better." While they talk, Frohike escapes through another air duct. At
the morgue, Scully begins an autopsy of Jimmy. Langly is there, but has
to leave the room because he gets sick. While he is retching, Landau finds
Scully and injects her. Langly finds her on the floor, groggy and thinks
she is jetlagged. She acts goofy, but says she found nothing in the
The Gunmen later watch the tape from the Suzanne's room. She comes to
their room, and wants to explain to Byers, asking the other two to leave.
"THEY" took her and did terrible things, but Ellis saved her. "I wanted
it to be you, John." She didn't trust Ellis at first, but then realized
he was working against them from within. They had planned to go public on
the last day of this convention, expose THEM and escape. In the casino,
Landau, still posing as a geek, invites Langly to a Dungeons and Dragons
game in memory of Jimmy, but when they get to the room, Langly is
injected. Frohike, meanwhile, finds a giddy Scully, surrounded by men.
X-Files fans will notice that Morris Fletcher is one of them. Scully is
acting like a bimbo, but Frohike grabs her and takes her back to the
Gunmen's room. Suzanne recognizes the effects of a drug she developed,
"AH," Analytic Histamine, which impeeds higher brain functions and makes
the victim subject to suggestion. She gives Scully an antidote. Langly
is also back in the room.
Later, Langly returns to Landau's room, with his hair looking short.
(Actually it is in a severe pony tail, stuck down inside his jacket.) He
is programmed to get into the seminar and is given a gun. At a conference
break, Langly approached Suzanne and shoots her in the chest, but it is a
setup. Suzanne had discovered that Langly was injected, and also given him
the antidote. Frohike and Byers arrive, dressed as ambulance technicians,
and take Suzanne away. Scully takes Ellis into custody and takes him to
Suzanne's room, where he realizes she was not hurt. She is left alone
with Ellis and he says he had to trick her to save his own life. Landau
enters and shoots Ellis, then takes Suzanne to the Gunmen's room. After a
scuffle, Landau is injected by Byers, and pacified. He is eventually
charged with murder. Scully finally reaches Mulder by phone, and realized
he knows nothing about what is going on. Suzanne is legally dead and
Byers provides her a new ID. She asks him to come with her, but he says
she will be safer without him. She promises him "some day..." and gives
him a ring she says was intended for Grant.
episode begins with a narration by Scully describing planet Earth as seen
from space, the beginning of life, and the series of mass extinctions that
have happened in the past. Are we already on our way to another mass
extinction? On the beach in Ivory Coast, a scientist examines a find -- a
fragment of a tablet with symbols on it, found in the sand. In his office
back at the Ivory Coast university, he joins it with what appears to be
another fragment of the same tablet. The two parts merge and the tablet
flies across the tent, embedding itself in a Bible. As the scientist
removes the tablet, the Bible opens to the Genesis verse that says, "And
God blessed them and God said unto them Be fruitful and multiply and
replenish the Earth..."
Three days later, the scientist, Solomon Merkmallen, is at American
University in Washington DC. He meets Dr. Sandoz, who has reportedly
found another fragment of the tablet, but Sandoz acts funny and Merkmallen
suspects that he is an imposter. The real Dr. Sandoz arrives at the lab
and finds Merkmallen dead on the floor, the tablet missing. Skinner
briefs Mulder and Scully on their assignment to investigate Merkmallen's
death. The body is missing, as is Dr. Sandoz. Merkmallen and Sandoz both
believed in the theory of "Panspermia," that life on Earth originated from
organisms that arrived from space. When Mulder sees a pencil rubbing of
Merkmallen's tablet, he experiences a spell of noise, dissonance and
mental disruption. On the way back to Mulder's office, Scully confesses
that she no longer sees the need for Mulder's search for "the truth." He
has exposed the global conspiracy and the conspirators are all dead.
What more does he want? He replies, "My sister."
When Mulder and Scully visit Sandoz's lab, the imposter is there. He is
the Biology Department chair, Dr. Barnes. He has made a career of
exposing religious and scientific fraud. When Scully shows him the
rubbing, Mulder experiences another spell. Back at Mulder's office,
Scully has brought "Chuck" in, an expert who has appeared in previous
episodes. Chuck says the characters on the rubbing are phonetic Navaho,
but since it was found in Africa it is likely a fake. Mulder wonders if
it would be in Barnes' best interests to hide proof of the real thing.
Mulder thinks Barnes killed Merkmallen. The agents visit the Sandoz
residence in Maryland. They find a photo of Sandoz with Albert Hosteen
and evidence that Sandoz has traveled frequently to Navaho country. In
the kitchen trash compactor they find Merkmallen's body. They report to
Skinner that there are traces of Cosmic Galactic Radiation in Merkmallen's
remains, radiation found only in space that apparently came from the
tablet. Mulder thinks Sandoz is innocent. His spells lead him to believe
that Skinner is not telling them everything. When the agents leave
Skinner's office, we see that Skinner video taped their meeting, and he
gives the tape to Alex Krycek.
Scully tells Mulder to rest and she goes to New Mexico to find Albert.
He is in the hospital and is being taken to treatment as she arrives. In
his room she finds another copy of the rubbing. On the back is the verse
from Genesis. Scully is told that Albert is dying from cancer. When
Albert is returned to his room, Scully sees Sandoz and chases him. He
says Albert was the only one of the WWII Navaho code talkers who would
work with him. Scully cannot believe that an extraterrestrial artifact
would have a Bible verse on it. Albert told Sandoz that Sandoz's fragment
contained what appeared to be random letters. Meanwhile, Mulder returns
to American University and follows Barnes, experiencing additional spells.
Finally he collapses in a stairwell. Krycek walks past him and approaches
Barnes saying they are destined to become great friends. Scully
telephones Mulder and Diana Fowley answers. Mulder is at home, resting.
Mulder tells Scully if it really is a passage from Genesis on the tablet,
it is proof that the origin of life on Earth is extraterrestrial. Scully
cannot accept that. After the call, Diana phones someone to report on
Mulder, then she begins undressing. We see the Smoking Man in a meeting
where various men are talking about managing a crisis.
Albert is taken into a Navaho sweat lodge for a traditional healing
ceremony. Scully will not go in because she does not share their beliefs.
Skinner phones her and says Mulder is in serious condition and that Scully
should come at once. She arrives to find Mulder in the psychiatric ward,
in a padded room. He is delirious with abnormal brain functions.
Skinner seems to know details of Scully's investigation that she has not
reported. Diana claims Mulder called her and said she was the only one
who would believe him. Scully says "You're both liars." In Mulder's
office, Scully looks for a camera hidden in the ceiling. (The viewer knows
there is a hidden camera -- Scully may or may not have determined it for
sure.) Sandoz interrupts her search with a phone call -- he has realized
that the random letters on the tablet are gene sequences -- a map to the
human genetic structure. If only we could find more pieces...Scully hears
a gunshot. Krycek has killed Sandoz.
On the beach in Ivory Coast 36 hours later, Scully is at Merkmallen's
camp. His workers take her to another tablet found in the sand. It is
much larger, and Scully realizes it is actually part of a much larger
structure (presumably an alien spacecraft), under water, where the ocean
meets the sand. To be continued....
Note: Closed captioning for this episode used the spelling "Navaho,"
although "Navajo" is also commonly accepted.
The Sixth ExtinctionIn Ivory Coast, Scully is studying the apparent craft
found in the surf. She came to find something she did not believe in and
stayed on to uncover what Mulder's illness prevents him from finding. In
the tent at night, she glimpses a traditionally-garbed native who then
disappears. The tent is filled with a swarm of flying insects. The next
day, a woman biologist from the University of Ivory Coast arrives, named
Amina N'Gebe. The discovery is still a secret but she has learned of it.
She warns Scully not to tell the workers about her vision and the insects.
They are animists and would take it as a bad sign. They are interrupted
when a man working in the surf screams -- he has somehow been burned in
Dr. Barnes arrives at the camp. He denies being a killer. He has been
threatened by men in Washington, but he knows what has come ashore. He
has spent his life searching for answers and he is there to help read what
is on the craft. The sea around the craft turns red and Scully sees a
vision of the native, who again disappears. Later, Scully is assembling a
mosiac of the text on the outside of the craft. Barnes has translated
some. The upper surface has references to human genetics. The bottom has
quotes from the Bible, Koran, ancient Sumeria and other sources, referring
to the Day of Judgement. Barnes, however, has become mentally disturbed.
He threatens Scully and N'Gebe, saying it is his discovery and nobody
leaves before he does, so he will get the credit for the discovery.
At night, Barnes discovers that some fish he has in a bag have come back
to life. He claims the ship has brought them back to life. As he is
distracted, Scully hits him with a chair, then she and N'Gebe escape,
driving off. Scully sees the native in the road, then he appears inside
the land rover, reaching out his hand to her and saying "some truths are
not for you." He disappears, and N'Gebe did not see him. Scully decides
it is time for her to go home. Back at the camp, Barnes kills his driver,
then later discovers that the driver has come back to life. The driver,
looking like a zombie, attacks Barnes, who falls beside part of the
Meanwhile, in Washington Mulder's brain is so active he cannot sleep.
Skinner enters his cell and Mulder tries to strangle him, but Skinner
later finds that Mulder has slipped a note into his pocket saying "help
me." Skinner returns and sees Mulder in private. Mulder cannot speak, but
manages to write something on Skinner's hand, "Kr..." It leads Skinner to
Michael Kritschgau, whose career was destroyed by testifying to Congress
about the UFO coverup. At the hospital, Kritschgau recognizes Mulder's
condition from past CIA experiments into ESP. Kritschgau gives Mulder a
different drug, without Doctors knowing about it, which eases Mulder's
condition. Fowley arrives and is suspicious of why Skinner and Kritschgau
are there. Mulder tells Skinner that he knows Skinner has been
compromised -- that Krycek is blackmailing him. Mulder says Kritschgau
can prove what is causing his condition.
Later, Kritschgau conducts a test of Mulder's "remote viewing" abilities.
Initially the results are modest, but when Skinner has the test speeded
up, Mulder shows almost perfect accuracy. Kritschgau says the CIA showed
that some people have ESP, but it was never attributed to aliens.
Skinner and Kritschgau attempt to remove Mulder from the hospital but
Fowley and the doctor interrupt them. Mulder goes into convulsions.
Alone later, Fowley talks to Mulder, although he appears to be catatonic.
She says she knows Mulder knows that her loyalties are to a man he hates,
but he can look inside her and understand why. She loves him and won't
let him die. There is no need to prove what he is -- it has been known
for a long time. Scully arrives back in Washington and first goes to
Skinner's office, where he tells her what has happened to Mulder. He is
under security. They won't treat him because they don't know what is
wrong with him. She says he is not dieing and the cause is alien. She
uses her authority as a doctor to get in to see Mulder. Although he
doesn't seem aware, she tells him that if he knows what she has found, he
will be able to hold on. It is a puzzle, but the answers can save him.
"Mulder, please hold on."
In the Ivory Coast, Amina N'Gebe returns to the camp with police. They
find Barnes, dead near the water. The camera pulls back and there is no
evidence of the craft. To be continued...
The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati Mulder has a dream of himself at the beach, watching a
child and his family, while his mother talks with a doctor. She is upset
that his treatment is not helping him. She visits his bedside and talks
to him. He answers her in his mind, but she cannot hear him. When she
leaves, he is distressed. We then see the Cigarette Smoking Man in his
room, and they converse without speaking aloud. The Smoking Man gives
Mulder an injection. Only part of Mulder is dying. The Smoking Man
offers Mulder a way out. "Take my hand, Fox. I am your father." Mulder
gets up and leaves the hospital with him and is driven to a neighborhood
where he will assume a new life, in a kind of witness protection program.
The Smoking Man tells him he could go back to his other life, and probably
die, but encourages him to look around first. In the new house provided
to him Mulder finds a larder well stocked with sunflower seeds, and he
finds that Deep Throat is alive, not killed six years ago. Deep Throat
tells Mulder that he can let go of his guilt -- that they are all just
puppets in a master plan. He has suffered a long time, but now he can
relax. He claims to live just down the street. In a dream of the beach,
Mulder sees a boy whose sandcastle, shaped like an alien ship, has washed
away. "That's Ok buddy, you can just start again," he tells the boy.
Mulder wakes and Diana walks in wearing lingerie. They kiss and the
picture fades out.
The next morning Diana brings Mulder a cup of coffee in front of their new
house. It's all perfect, but Mulder isn't sure what he is doing there.
They go to visit the Smoking Man who also lives a few blocks away. The
Smoking Man says Samantha has been living there all along, as well as his
three grandchildren. Samantha comes up and hugs Fox. We see, however,
that Mulder is really in a hospital imagining all this. A device is on
his head. Diana asks if Mulder dreams. The Smoking Man answers that
dreams are all he has now.
Meanwhile, Scully is asleep in the X-Files office, where she had been
studying the Navaho texts from the ship. Kritschgau enters and claims
that the energy from the piece of the ship reactivated the virus Mulder
was infected with two years earlier. Skinner phones and tells Scully that
Mulder has disappeared. The records show that Mulder's mother checked him
out. Skinner says he shouldn't be involved anymore because he is
compromised and the less he knows the better.
Arriving back home, Scully hears a noise and finds Albert Hosteen in her
apartment, which stuns her because she thought he was very ill. Albert
tells her that she must find Mulder before something happens. Scully
begins her search and learns that surveillance cameras were blacked out
when Mulder left. But Scully gets a glimpse of Tina Mulder talking with
the Smoking Man. Scully tries to reach Tina, without luck. Scully
receives a book on Native American beliefs and practices, with Navaho
writing on it. A section on the Anasasi mentions the sixth extinction
and a myth about a man who can save us from the coming plague. She feels
that the book explains the symbols on the ship. Scully doesn't know who
sent the book to her. Entering Skinner's office, she sees a man who we
understand is Krycek assaulting Skinner, but she cannot catch him in the
crowded FBI halls.
Scully confronts Kritschgau at his apartment and accuses him of being
telling someone about Mulder, resulting in Mulder's disappearance. On his
laptop she finds her own files of the symbols on the ship. He claims he
was having them analyzed by the National Institute of Health. Wherever
she got the information, it proves what happened to Mulder, he says.
Scully deletes the files from the computer. At FBI HQ, Scully confronts
Diana who says Scully could have prevented what happened to Mulder.
Scully tries to convince Diana to help, asking her to think, "wouldn't he
bust his ass to save you?" Diana responds, "I'm thinking, Agent Scully,
I'm always thinking."
In a lab, a doctor and the Smoking Man talk. The implication is that
Mulder is a compatible human-alien hybrid. He's immune to the coming
viral apocalypse, but he may not survive the medical procedures. The
Smoking Man says if he doesn't survive, he suffers a hero's fate. Inside
his dream, in rapid succession, Muldr sees himself and diana married, and
sees her pregnant. He sees himself and Diana with children and his hair
is graying, then he is older and sees Diana in a coffin, then sees the boy
on the beach. The boy has built a sandcastle of the alien ship, but is
kicking it apart. "You were supposed to help me," the boy tells
Albert is back at Scully's apartment. This science makes no sense to her.
He answers that she must look inside. They pray together, kneeling on the
floor. Meanwhile, Mulder and the Smoking Man are both on operating
tables. They are apparently removing genetic material from Mulder and
inserting it into the Smoking Man, who says he will carry on for Mulder
from here. Diana makes a statement confirming that Mulder is the Smoking
Man's son, but suffers an attack of remorse and leaves. In the dream,
Mulder is now a very old man. He and the Smoking Man talk. All Mulder's
loved ones are dead and are waiting for him; it is time for him to go.
As they speak, outside we see flames as alien spacecraft destroy the city.
In a different scene, we see Kritschgau is dead on the floor of his
apartment. Krycek burns various official documents then leaves with the
apartment in flames, taking Kritschgau's laptop with him.
Scully wakes up on the floor of her apartment. An envelope has been
slipped under her door containing an electronic pass key for a Department
of Defense facility. She rushes to the DOD hospital and finds Mulder in
the operating room with all of the people gone. As she does so, in his
dream she also finds him, as a very old man. She says he is not supposed
to die in a comfortable bed with the devil outside, to trade his true
mission for creature comforts. "You must get up and fight," she says in
the dream. In the operating room, he struggles to chose between his
fantasy life and reality, then wakes. Scully says, "we've got to get you
out of here. You've got to get up. Help me." He replies, "you help me."
One week later, Mulder is at home, still wearing a head bandage, and his
New York Yankees "Victory Cap." Scully arrives and Mulder informs her
that Albert died last night - he had been in a coma for two weeks.
Scully can't believe it because she talked with him and they prayed
together. She doesn't know what to believe. She doesn't know what the
truth is. Scully tells Mulder that Diana was found murdered this morning.
Scully believes that Diana helped save Mulder's life - she gave Scully the
book and the electronic key.
Mulder says he didn't know who to trust. One thing remained the
same - Scully remained his friend and told him the truth. When the
world was falling apart she was his constant. "And you are mine," she
replies. She kisses him on the forehead. In the final scene, we see
Mulder and the boy on the beach again. Mulder is helping the boy build a
huge, very detailed sandcastle of the alien ship.
(Note: Dateing of the Biogenesis-Sixth Extinction story is difficult. In
En Ami, the Smoking Man says that his operation was in "the fall." In the
final scene of Sixth Extinction, Mulder references the World Series. The
Yankees won the World Series on October 27, 1999 so this scene, which was
one week after Scully found him in the DOD facility, probably took place
shortly after October 27. It could have been late September at the very
earliest. The Yankees clinched the American League East division, the
first "victory" of the season, in the last week of September. The
reference to Albert having been in a coma for two weeks would appear to
indicate that the entire continued story line lasted slightly more than
two weeks. On the other hand, Scully could have been in Africa for
several weeks, with Albert rallying and relapsing. On the third hand,
Scully was not absent for so long that Skinner could not cover for her
Beginning around now, a scientist in the Defense Advanced Research
Agency begins e-mail correspondence with Scully, with the intent of
eventually turning over science to her that allows the end to human
disease and immortality. In fact, though, Scully is not involved in the
correspondence. Agents of the Smoking Man pose as Scully, apparently
periodically invading her apartment to use her laptop, in order to entrap
the scientist, who uses the code name "Cobra." (En Ami)
Sein Und Zeit Amber
Lynn LaPierre, a young girl, says her prayers before going to bed. Mom
and Dad watch from the door then tuck her in. Later, as Dad watches TV,
Billie LaPierre is seen in a daze, writing an abduction note concluding
with the cryptic statement "no one shoots at Santa Claus." Amber's door
slams shut. Mr. LaPierre breaks in the door and the child is gone.
At FBI HQ in Washington at around 3am, the investigation is under way
on the LaPierre kidnapping in Sacramento. Mulder enters and wants the
case. Skinner doesn't think it's an X-File but ends up allowing Mulder to
fly out and investigate. Mulder arrives at the LaPierre home and
questions the LaPierres about the note. They lie about the circumstances.
At 10pm, Scully arrives at Mulder's motel, sent by Skinner to find out why
he hasn't reported. As they talk, Mulder's mother calls. She has been
watching the news about Amber Lynn and wants him to call when he gets back
to the east coast.
In Washington, Skinner is doing a briefing when Mulder and Scully
enter. The note may have been written in Mrs. LaPierre's handwriting and
the evidence is pointing at the parents but Mulder says none of the
theories explain what happened to the little girl. Scully thinks Mulder is
personalizing the case, thinking about his abducted sister but Mulder
recognizes something in the note. In a Pocatella, Idaho kidnapping in
1987 a note with the same "no one shoots at Santa Claus" signature was
found. The agents go to the Idaho state women's prison and talk to Kathy
Lee Tencate. She was convicted of the murder of her six year old son Dean,
taken from his room with the note found her handwriting. Dean was never
found. Mulder thinks she is innocent. She refuses to help, but when they
leave she has a vision of her son and calls them back.
Mrs. Mulder calls Fox again, leaving a message on his answering
machine. There is so much she has left unsaid that she hopes he will
someday understand. She burns pictures of her family. Mulder, meanwhile,
is in California and shows the LaPierre's a video of Tencate telling part
of her story. It was like the words of the note wrote themselves, she
says. She knows her son is safe and protected. The LaPierre's make a
private statement to authorities and are released for lack of evidence. A
chubby man is seen watching news video.
In Washington, Mulder is discussing the case with Skinner when Scully
enters. Mulder's mother has committed suicide. Mulder and Scully arrive
at her home in Greenwich, CT, where police are still reviewing scene.
The room was sealed and the gas oven opened. She also took sleeping
pills. Mulder says it doesn't make sense that she would do this. Why are
the family pictures gone? Mulder suspects that whoever took his sister
did this to her. He is grasping at straws. He demands that Scully do an
autopsy. Mulder returns to Kathy Lee Tencate, who opens up this time. His
mother has seen them, she says - the "walk-ins" -- old souls looking for
new homes. She can see them sometimes but it is hard beause they live in
the starlight. "They" took Samantha to protect her soul from the harm it
would suffer in life but Tencate doesn't know where the children are
taken. At Santa's North Pole Village children's park, kids look at a pen
with reindeer. The proprietor says Santa is just flying in. He goes
inside and enters a locked room filled with video tape boxes and equipment
where he prepares to put on a Santa suit.
Mulder finally hears the answering machine tape. Scully arrives
and he plays the tape for her. He thinks his mother knew what he would
find in the Amber Lynn case. The parents have had psychic visions of
their children. His mother must have written a similar note when Samantha
was taken. He's been looking in the wrong place. She was trying to warn
him, that's why they killed her, he claims, but Scully's autopsy shows
Tina Mulder was suffering from a terminal disease. She knew and didn't
want to live. Mulder still believes she was trying to tell him something.
Scully thinks his mom wanted him to stop looking for Samantha - to take
away his pain.
At the LaPierre residence, Mrs. LaPierre sees a vision of Amber Lynn
standing next to her bed at night. In the morning, Skinner arrives at
Mulder's apartment where he is greeted by Scully. Mulder has had a rough
night. Mrs. LaPierre is asking to talk to Mulder. All three go to
California and Mulder talks to Billie LaPierre who describes seeing her
daughter in pajamas, trying to say something to her -- possibly the words
"seventy four." Mulder does an unexpected turn around and tells Skinner
and Scully that Amber Lynn is dead and that he wants off the case so he
can take some leave time. As they drive off, Scully sees a highway sign
for route 74. She realizes the Santa Village connection. They drive to
the establishment and enter. Mulder and Scully find the inner room with
the video equipment. Some of the tapes go back to the 60s. Scully puts
one in a machine and finds images of Amber Lynn at a playground, dated two
days before her disappearance. The owner of Santa's Village enters and
locks Mulder and Scully inside. He runs and Skinner chases. Mulder and
Scully break down the door and also give chase. Skinner fires into the
air and Santa stops. The man, who says his name is Scruloff, is arrested
and nearby the agents find what appear to be several shallow graves. To
Note: Dating this episode is difficult. The episode shows a
television broadcast recapping the State of the Union Address, which was
given on January 27, 2000. On the other hand, there are television clips
from the Chris Carter series Harsh Realm, which premiered October 8, 1999,
and was canceled after three weeks. The FX cable network announced plans
to rerun all eight filmed episodes of Harsh Realm in March 2000, but that
is late for a recap of the State of the Union Address. If the episode
actually does depict the original Harsh Realm broadcasts, this probably
places the beginning of the episode on October 22 or 29, 1999.
Closure In an
opening narration, Mulder describes the bodies being uncovered from the
shallow graves, one by one. Are they still dreaming the dreams of
children or was their innocence taken along with their lives? We see a
scene of children getting up from their graves and forming a ghostly
circle, as the narration describes them waiting in the starlight to be
born again at God's behest.
Mulder and Scully are at the technical services room of the Sacramento
police department. Scruloff was 19 when he committed his first murder,
the first time he was asked to portray Santa Claus. He has admitted to 24
murders but he refuses to take blame for Amber Lynn. Her body was not
found in the graves. Hard as it is, Mulder wanted one of the graves to be
Samantha. Harold Piller comes to see the agents. He is a psychic who has
gotten some strong "hits" from this case - about Amber Lynn. He has
worked with police around the world and has seen children's bodies in
previous incidents transported away from an accident scene by walk-ins.
Scully doesn't want to involve Piller because Mulder is vulnerable right
now. Scully goes back to Washington because she feels she can't do
anymore in California. Mulder takes Piller to the grave site. Piller's
son disappeared under strange circumstances, then one day he started to
see visions of him. Piller believes that the walk-ins are good spirits,
saving the children from some terrible fate about to happen. They
transform matter into energy - starlight. But Piller senses that
Scruloff's victims all died suffering. Amber Lynn wasn't here, Piller
says, but he senses a connection between her and Mulder. Piller knows
about Samantha - what is the connection between Samantha and Amber
Scully and an FBI expert watch a videotape of Mulder's June 16, 1989
hypnotic regression, telling the story of Samantha's disappearance. The
expert doubts Mulder's story because it seems to be typical guilt
fantasies. Mulder's delusion is playing into his unconscious hope that
his sister is still alive. There was a huge search for Samantha in 1973.
Even the Treasury Department was involved. The expert advises Scully to
leave it be, because Mulder's wound may be too painful to reopen, but
Scully feels she owes it to Mulder. Late at night, Mulder is watching
Planet of the Apes when Piller knocks at his motel door. In a trance
Piller says Mulder's mother is present and we see a ghostly image of Mrs.
Mulder in the room. Piller says she wants to tell about Samantha, but
then he "loses" her. They then find the words "April Base" written on a
Scully visits Mrs. Mulder's home and searches. In the wastepaper basket
where pictures were burned she finds part of a document. Scully phones
Mulder to tell him that the document scrap matches a document in
Samantha's Treasury investigation file. It is a copy of the document
signed with the initials CGBS calling off the investigation. Both agents
recognize the initials as belonging to the Cigarette Smoking Man and
Scully is astounded when Mulder doesn't want to press the Smoking Man on
the issue. Mulder is pursuing the matter in his own way. He and Piller
arrive at the decommissioned April Air Force Base, where Piller senses
something. A security guard drives up and tells them to move along.
Meanwhile, Scully arrives home to find the Smoking Man waiting for her. He
seems not well and he mentions having had an operation. He wants her to
stop looking. He admits to signing the order because he believed Samantha
was dead. He didn't tell Mulder for so long because there was so much to
protect before that is all gone now. He leaves, sadly.
Mulder and Piller return to the base at night and climb the fence. In a
residential area, Piller senses that Samantha was present. They hide as a
police car drives by, then Mulder finds the name Samantha and a handprint
in the cement of a sidewalk of a home. Beside it is another handprint and
the name Jeffrey, a reference to Jeffrey Spender, the Smoking Man's son.
Later, Scully arrives back in California. Mulder doesn't believe what the
Smoking Man said because of the handprint. Scully thinks Piller was just
leading Mulder along. The agents go and confront Piller -- he is the
subject of a criminal investigation into the disappearance of his son and
he has a history of mental problems, which he claims he has under control.
He makes a compelling case that he is no different from Mulder and just
wants to find his son. All three sneak back into the base and enter the
house where Samantha apparently lived. It has been vacant for a long
time. Piller asks them to hold hands so he can try to summon the spirits
of the residents. We see ghostly visions of many people. One boy takes
Mulder by the hand and leads him down the hall. Scully and Piller realize
Mulder is missing and find him in another room. Mulder finds a diary that
is apparently Samantha's. They read it in a restaurant. It is dated 1979,
when Samantha would have been 14. It describes tests. Samantha lies and
tells "them" what they want to hear because she hates them. She suspects
her memories were taken by the doctors. She vaguely remembers a brother
and she hopes he someday reads the diary. In the final entry she talks
about running away. Outside the restaurant, Mulder looks up at the stars
and says maybe the starlight really is made up of old souls, because there
is nothing as ancient in the universe as starlight. Later, as Mulder
sleeps, his mother appears in his room and speaks to him, but we can't
hear what she says.
Scully finds a 1979 police report with a description matching Samantha.
They visit a hospital to read reports of a "Jane Doe" admitted. Her
mental state exhibited signs of paranoia and there were marks, possibly
from the tests. Mulder is convinced that the Smoking Man knew about this.
The agents and Piller go to visit the emergency room nurse who signed
Samantha in. Outside the house, Mulder has the feeling that this is the
end of the road, that he has been brought here to learn the truth. He
waits outside as Scully and Piller to go the door and talk to the woman,
named Arbutus Ray. She remembers the pretty young girl. She had a vision
of the girl dead, but nobody believed her, then she blinked and the vision
was gone and the girl was sleeping safely. There were men who came to
pick her up. One appeared to be her father and as she describes him it is
clear that he was the Smoking Man. When the men went to Samantha's locked
room, she had vanished. Scully turns and finds that Mulder is no longer
waiting by the car. The same spirit boy, Piller's son, leads Mulder to a
field where other spirit children play. The lighting of the scene looks
as if they might be made of starlight. Amber Lynn is there, as is
Samantha who runs up and hugs Mulder. Mulder returns to Scully and
Piller. It is the end of the road and they are all dead, he says, with
conviction. Piller sees so much but he refuses to see his son. They are
all at a better place, Mulder says, but Piller refuses to believe.
Scully asks Mulder if he is OK. He replies, "I'm fine - free," and looks
up at the stars as the episode ends.
(Note: Closed captioning in this episode gave the name of the killer as
"Ed Truelove" while in Sein Und Zeit closed captioning gave it as
In Goochland, Virginia, the McPeck family drives home in car with an
eleven year old boy in back seat. Their car runs a gauntlet of people who
are shouting and holding signs. The boy, Jason, has cancer and the
religious beliefs of the family prevent them from seeking medical help.
At night, a storm comes up, a light glows outside the window and Jason
sees men in black approach out of the light.
As Scully leaves her apartment she finds a newspaper outside her door -
the Goochland newspaper describing Jason's miracle cure. The family
claims the cure was by angels. Mulder also got an anonymous e-mail about
it. Someone wants them to investigate. While Mulder checks other sources,
Scully visits the family. They believe that it was God's work. Jason
says the angels looked like men, told him not to be afraid and pinched him
hard on the back of the neck. Scully realizes that Jason has a neck wound
and possibly has a chip implanted there, just as a chip cured her own
cancer. Scully returns to her car to find the Smoking Man waiting for
her. He claims to have saved both Jason's and Scully's lives and left the
newspaper and the e-mail. He says he is dying himself and wants to
bequeath his cure to her. (He's tired of Mulder's mule headedness.) He
leaves a paper on the seat as she drives off.
The paper has a phone number. Scully traces the number and gets the
address. Going to the building she finds high security but they send her
to the third floor where she finds an office labeled "CGB Spender." The
Smoking Man awaits her and tells her that as he looks at the sum of his
life, most of his work is in ruins. As the darkness descends, he finds
that he has no legacy. He is dying of cerebral inflammation resulting
from his brain surgery and has only a few months. He is willing to give
her the science that provides the miracle cure, but she has to travel with
him - it will take a few days and she mus not tell Mulder. She is
reluctant, but her interest overcomes her and she leaves word for Mulder
that she will be out of town for a few days, claiming a family emergency.
She is carrying a microphone, hidden in her bra.
Scully and the Smoking Man talk as they drive. He has always had a sort
of affection for her and Mulder. He held her life in his hands when he
cured her of cancer. The Smoking Man thinks Scully is drawn to powerful
men but also keeps distant from them, which is why she would die for
Mulder but won't allow herself to love him. She dismisses his comments as
"pop psychology." He takes her down a dirt road, and we see that they are
being followed. They arrive at a pleasant country home where a woman
named Marjorie Butters lives, who the Smoking Man claims is 118 years old,
although she is as vital as a much younger woman. She is gardening and
greets CSM with a hug. Scully sees that Marjorie has a scar on the back
of her neck - apparent evidence of the validity of the Smoking Man's
claims for his science.
Scully's apartment manager tells Mulder about Scully leaving with a
"driver," who Mulder recognizes as the Smoking Man. Skinner and Mulder
are concerned but can't find Scully. She took an FBI vehicle and her
mother knows nothing about an emergency. Scully phones Skinner and says
everything is OK, but she won't talk directly to Mulder. Mulder becomes
convinces that she is in trouble. Scully and the Smoking Man stop for gas
and she goes to the bathroom, talking on the tape to Mulder. She secretly
mails the tape to Mulder but as they drive off the man following them is
seen to have gotten the envelope out of the mailbox.
They end up at a lake home, late at night. Scully is asleep in the car
and the Smoking Man puts on gloves, brushing a lock of hair out of her
face. Scully wakes up to find herself in satin pajamas. She thinks the
Smoking Man drugged her but he says he just carried her in so that she
would be comfortable. They are in Milford, Pennsylvania. She is upset
and ready to leave, but finally decides she has to know the answers. The
Lone Gunmen arrive at Mulder's apartment, in disguise. They got into
Scully's apartment and found e-mails on her computer to somebody named
"Cobra." Mulder and the Gunmen barge into Skinner's office carrying
Scully's laptop. For the last 6 months Cobra has been e-mailing Scully
from the department of defense, but she is unaware of it. Somebody has
been posing as Scully to win Cobra's trust. Mulder is convinced that the
Smoking Man is doing this and Scully's life is in danger. Meanwhile, the
Smoking Man tells Scully that they'll be meeting their contact for dinner
and provides her an evening dress. At a fancy restaurant, Smoking Man
says that their contact, Cobra, is to human genetic science what the early
nuclear scientists were to nuclear warfare. The Smoking Man says that if
Cobra receives assurances, the science he turns over will be not just a
cure for cancer but a cure for all human disease. How? From the final
frontier - largely extraterrestrial. Theoretically the Smoking Man can be
cured but it appears that he doesn't really want to be. He is a lonely
man. The Smoking Man goes outside for a smoke. The man who has been
following them approaches and points out that Cobra hasn't shown up, so
they have to wait, but Scully won't stick around for ever. The Smoking
Man tells him, "Just do your damn job.
Cobra, however, has slipped Scully a note about where she should meet him.
The Smoking Man lets her take a small motorboat to the Calico Cove inlet,
down the lake. Another boat approaches hers. Cobra comments that they
are finally meeting and that she is just as she described herself. He
hands her a CD-ROM. She denies that they have spoken before - but he is
shot and dies before they can say more. The sniper then targets Scully,
but the Smoking Man kills him before he can fire at her. She returns to
the lake home where the Smoking Man meets her. Because she still believes
him, she gives him the CD-ROM but he gives it back. Later, Scully is at
Mulder's apartment where the Lone Gunmen help examine the content of the
disk. It is empty. They return to the building where Spender's office
was, but it is vacant. Mulder says that the Smoking Man used Scully.
Marjorie Butters was a fake. Jason has a chip in his neck but the parents
probably won't let them examine him. Scully believed the Smoking Man but
Mulder thinks he used her to save himself, to get the science on that disk
- saving himself at the expense of the human race. Scully says that for a
moment she saw something in the Smoking Man's eyes, a longing for
something more than power - something he could never have. Realizing what
he is doing, the Smoking Man throws the real CD into the lake, apparently
dooming himself and keeping the cure for all disease from the human
In Bellefleur, OR - a police car races down highway. Driving is Detective
Miles, who fans first met in the pilot episode of The X-Files. He radios
to a deputy to wait for backup, but Miles' car loses power and coasts,
then strikes another police car that is stopped on the highway in the
dark. The forest is glowing. The dials on Miles' watch are spinning. The
deputy in the other car appears to be dead and green acid is on the
ground. As Miles gets out of the car, another man with the same face as
the deputy stands there, unspeaking.
An auditor is in the X-Files office. Mulder and Scully have spent a huge
amount on travel - by FBI standards these numbers are out of control.
The auditor says that Mulder's two big issues, the conspiracy and the
disappearance of his sister, have been resolved, but Mulder points out
that nothing the agents have been investigating has been resolved.
Acknowledging that Mulder's sister was a major motivation for Mulder, the
auditor asks that given the case report saying that Samantha is dead, what
is left to investigate? Scully also has to defend the investigation of
the conspiracy to the auditor. The auditor tells Mulder that he is
evaluating what The X-Files does, so if they go forward they can do it
more responsibly. He tells Mulder that if he is going to spend so much
time looking for aliens, he should narrow his search to where they are.
Meanwhile, in a "hellhole" middle eastern prison, Marita Covarrubias gets
Alex Krycek released. She tells him that the Smoking Man sent her to find
him. The Cigarette Smoking Man is dying.
Two teenagers, Gary and Richie, approach Detective Miles in the woods.
They heard that there was an airplane collision with a UFO. He tells them
that the Navy found their plane and there is no of another craft. Miles
sends them away. As Mulder and Scully are talking in the X-Files office,
Billy Miles telephones Mulder. Mulder and Scully immediately remember the
name. Billy was abducted seven years earlier and Mulder and Scully
investigated the case. He tells them that it is happening again, but not
to him this time. the implication is that he thinks his father has been
Even though the auditor would say they couldn't justify the expense, the
agents head out to Oregon to investigate. Alex and Marita visit the
Cigarette Smoking Man's apartment, in Washington DCC's Watergate
Apartments. He is in a wheelchair, attended by a nurse, Greta, and has to
smoke through a tracheotomy hole in his throat. Krycek accuses that the
Smoking Man had him thrown in that prison. The Smoking Man agrees that it
was for trying to sell something that was the Smoking Man's. The Smoking
Man counters that they have a singular opportunity now. A crash in Oregon
-- an alien ship has collided with a military aircraft. It is Roswell and
Corona again, the chance to rebuild the project. Meanwhile, Richie and
Gary are back in the Oregon forest at night, looking for the UFO. Gary
has an incident in which he shakes violently, then disappears. Richie
sees lights glowing in the forest and his flashlight bursts into flame.
He runs off.
Mulder and Scully arrive in Oregon. Billy has been a sheriff's deputy for
three years. He got over the abductions, but other people in the area
didn't and don't believe it. Billy is divorced and back living with his
father. He tells about the crash. The other unidentified craft hasn't
been found. His father has been no help, even though a deputy is missing.
Detective Miles drives up. He claims that he has been working with the
FAA and it looks like there was no second craft. As they drive to the
scene, Mulder finds that the collision of the two police cars happened at
the same place Mulder painted an X on the pavement seven years earlier.
Scully finds an ammunition clip, likely from the missing deputy's gun, but
there is no indication of what he might have been shooting at. As Mulder
and Scully drive off to see the missing man's wife, Detective Miles places
the evidence bag with the shells in his car trunk, and viewers see that
the body of the real Detective Miles is in the trunk. A Bounty Hunter is
masquerading as Miles. Mulder and Scully are surprised that the missing
man's wife is Teresa Nemmen, an abduction victim who seven years ago
approached the agents for help. Her husband is also an abductee, but they
keep it a secret because people in the community don't understand. His
experiences were more terrifying than hers. He was taken many times and
tested. Teresa has medical files and as she gets them, Mulder watches
Scully plays with Teresa's baby.
That evening, as Mulder study the files, Scully comes to Mulder's door,
uneasy but she doesn't know what is wrong. She felt dizzy and got chills.
Mulder covers her up in his bed and puts an arm around her to warm her.
Mulder says it's not worth it. He wants her to go home. Seeing her
holding the baby shows him what has been taken away from her - including
her health and the chance to be a mother. (Recall that Scully cannot have
children, because of the procedures done during her abduction.) Maybe
what the FBI says is true, Mulder speculates. The personal costs are too
high. There is so much she needs to do in her life - so much more than
this. There has to be an end. Meanwhile, Krycek is in Oregon, too. He
reports by phone to the Smoking Man that in spite of lots of effort,
nobody can find the UFO. He is told that it must be there, hidden in
plain site. Find the deputy and you'll find the ship. Teresa is awakened
in the night. Her husband, Ray, is home, but when he doesn't speak she
realizes that it is not her husband. She runs upstairs and he follows.
She stabs him with a knife and noxious gas comes out of his body,
Mulder and Scully arrive at Teresa's home. Billy reports that Teresa is
gone, apparently taken because the door was open. Inside they find the
mark they immediately recognize as acid burns from what Scully describes
as "arguably an alien." Scully feels faint again for a moment. Marita,
who has stayed with the Smoking Man, asks him why bring Krycek into this
matter and then play with him by feeding him incomplete information. The
Smoking Man says that he has great faith that Krycek will find the ship,
but if the Smoking Man tells him exactly how, Krycek will be tempted to
sell the information. The ship is rebuilding itself, the Smoking Man
says. What we call God is an alien intelligence. Marita states her
conclusion that the aliens are coming and the Smoking Man corrects her
that they are coming back. Mulder approaches Richie, who is watching the
crime scene where Teresa disappeared. He claims that "they" took his
friend, Gary. Billy is surprised when Richie states that Billy's father
was in the woods and knows what is going on. Richie takes Mulder and
Scully to where Gary disappeared. Richie claims that his flashlight beam
hit a spot and bent the light. As Scully walks nearby she is lifted up in
the air and shakes rapidly. Mulder realizes Scully is out of sight and
finds her on the ground, groggy. She doesn't understand why this is
happening to her. Mulder also doesn't know, but is sure that these aren't
just random abductions and that the abductees won't be coming back this
time. Billy goes to his father's home and draws his gun, confronting
Detective Miles. Billy says, "I don't know who you are but you are not
going to take me." His father eventually calms him and Billy gives up his
gun, but we see that Detective Miles is the Bounty Hunter. Mulder and
Scully walk up to the door and, finding it open, walk in. Billy and the
Bounty Hunter are gone.
Two days later at the FBI building in Washington, Skinner visits Mulder's
office. Mulder thinks he is in trouble and says that if the higher-ups
are coming down on Skinner, he is sorry. Skinner, however, has Krycek and
Marita with him. They explain that they have a singular opportunity. The
Cigarette Smoking Man is dying. His last wish is to rebuild the
conspiracy. There is a ship in those woods, cloaked in an energy field.
The alien is eliminating proof of all the abductions. This is Mulder's
chance to change all that and find the proof. Krycek will cooperate
because he wants to Damn the Smoking Man's soul. Scully finds them
talking and joins the effort. They call the Lone Gunmen in to consult and
they determine that the ship is so well cloaked that even military
satellites don't detect it, but the Gunmen have detected it, because they
know exactly what to look for. It's not going to be there forever,
however. As they talk it is rebuilding itself. Scully can't handle it
and leaves the room. Mulder follows into the hall. Mulder won't let her
go back to Oregon. They're taking abductees, he points out, and Scully is
an abductee. Mulder won't risk losing her. They hug and she vows that
she won't let him go alone.
Skinner accompanies Mulder into the Oregon woods, wondering if it is just
a "snipe hunt." Scully looks at the medical records with the Lone Gunmen
and realizes that all of the abductees experienced the same kind of
elevated brain activity that Mulder had a few months ago. They realize
that it is Mulder who is in danger, but Scully collapses. Mulder and
Skinner lay out a network of laser beams to detect the energy field of the
ship. Mulder walks up to the field and puts his hand into it, causing the
hand to vibrate rapidly. Skinner realizes he can't see Mulder. Mulder is
inside the energy field with many of the other abductees, including some
that we thought were dead, like Detective Miles, the deputy, Teresa and
Billy. Mulder enters a glowing circle with them and sees a ship overhead.
The Bounty Hunter walks up and joins them in the circle, ready to be
transported up to the UFO, which is hovering overhead. Skinner sees the
ship. It departs and all of the people are gone.
Krycek reports to the Smoking Man and Marita that he failed. The Smoking
Man speculates that perhaps Krycek never wanted to succeed? "The hour is
at hand?" the Smoking Man asks, and Krycek agrees that it is time "to send
the devil back to hell." The Smoking Man's final words are, "As you do to
Mulder and to me you do to all mankind." Krycek pushes the wheelchair
down the stairs and the Smoking Man lies at the bottom, apparently dead.
Skinner visits Scully in her hospital room. She feels ok - they're just
running some tests. She already heard about Mulder's disappearance.
Skinner knows that he will be asked what he saw and says he can't deny it.
He vows that he won't. They are both crying. Scully says, "we will find
him," and Skinner nods. "I have to," she adds. Scully tells Skinner that
there is something else she has to tell him, that he must keep to himself.
She can't explain or believe it, but she is pregnant.
(See date comments in "Without" listing)
Within. It is the day after Scully discovers she is pregnant. She
dreams both of her baby and of Mulder (or possibly receives psychic
impressions from him?). Her visions of him are disturbing. At
work, she finds men in the X-Files office who tell her that they are
looking for anything that might be pertinent for the manhunt. She
thinks a conventional search for Mulder is crazy. She goes to
Skinner -- they agree that they won't find Mulder that way. Kersh has
been named Deputy Director and is now Skinner's superior. Kersh
tells Scully and Skinner that the only acceptable solution is to find
Mulder safe and alive. Scully feels she and Skinner should be
directing the search. Kersh says FBI agent John Doggett has been
named the leader of the search. Kersh warns that of anything gets
out about aliens or abductions, Scully and Skinner will be fired.
Skinner is called to give a statement about Mulder's
disappearance. : He vows to Scully that he will tell the truth, but
Scully says that he won't be any good to Mulder if he gives them the power
to ruin his career. Scully sits while Sinner gives his
statement. Another agent is near her and strikes up a conversation.
He claims to have known Mulder. He always took the rumors with a
grain of salt - that from the beginning Mulder never trusted Scully. :
She says she doesn't think he knew Mulder at all, and checks his badge --
it is Doggett. She throws a cup of water in his face and walks
out. Later, at home, she checks Doggett's computer file, but runs to
the bathroom because she has to vomit. She calls her mom, but gets
an answering machine - she leaves a message that she needs to talk, but
hears sounds on the line indicating that the line is tapped. She sees
someone outside watching her apartment. She calls Doggett and tells
him to keep away from her, but he appears perplexed. She sees the
shadow of someone outside her apartment door, grabs a gun and pursues, but
sees no one but her landlord. He claims he saw Mulder in her
building a few moments earlier. She runs back to her apartment and
finds that her computer is gone.
Scully goes to Mulder's apartment. His computer is also
gone. His bed still has some of his clothes on it. She lies
down. In a dream (?) we see Mulder with his face skin stretched by
mechanical claws. A drill enters his mouth and begins cutting.
The Lone Gunmen are with Skinner at a satellite dish field - they are
pulling down UFO information from the Pacific Northwest, but can't
determine where the UFO went. Doggett calls on Kersh and asks if
anyone else is also assigned to look for Mulder that Doggett doesn't know
about. Kersh denies it. Scully wakes up in Mulder's bed and
finds Doggett in the apartment. They verbally fence - she wants respect
and he thinks she just sees him as "the big bad wolf." He finds it
hard to swallow that a scientist would accept Mulder being taken by
aliens. She tells him that she has seen things she cannot explain
and as a scientist it is a badge of honor to not dismiss these things
because somebody else thinks it's BS. Doggett found car rental
receipts for a series of 370-mile trips Mulder took over four weekends
in May without telling anyone.
As they talk, Doggett gets a call about Mulder at FBI headquarters.
Skinner and Scully are called to the task force room -- somebody removed
files after hours. Skinner is questioned -- it was Mulder's pass
card that was used to enter the room and Skinner was at the building until
10pm the night before. They wonder if Skinner is helping Mulder and
used Mulder's pass card. Doggett tells Scully that he believes Skinner,
but finds that Mulder's credit card was used two days ago in Raleigh,
NC. Scully realizes that Raleigh is where Teena Mulder is buried,
which explains the rental car trips. Doggett has also found that the
Mulder family cemetery marker is newly engraved to say "Fox Mulder
1961-2000." Scully doesn't know what to think. Doggett finds
medical records of additional treatment Scully knew nothing about
following Mulder's hospitalization a year ago for unusual brain
activity. It appears that Mulder knew that he was dying but didn't
tell Scully. How far would he go for his truth, Doggett asks? His life
and work were threatened and nothing was proven, unless Mulder took one
last big chance. Doggett asks if Mulder is trying to create doubt
and leave a mark. Would he stage his own disappearance? Skinner,
though, knows that he saw a UFO at close range. Scully asks Doggett to
not report Skinner's statement. Doggett says he just wants help to
Skinner and Scully go back to the Gunmen - there was lots of
microburst activity in the Arizona desert meaning that is probably where
the UFO took Mulder. Scully concludes that it is the aliens removing
evidence and that they are in Arizona because they are looking for Gibson
Andrew Praise, who is hard proof of alien DNA. Doggett also finds a
file (slipped under his door by an unknown person) on Gibson -- they
believe Gibson's file is what was stolen. The boy was last seen in Arizona
and the general consensus is that to find Mulder they need to find Gibson.
We see another scene of Mulder undergoing medical tests -- a medical saw
cutting into his chest -- and Scully wakes up. She is in a vehicle
with Skinner in Arizona. Satellite data shows UFO activity 100 miles
north of Phoenix. Doggett and his task force are also there, flying
helicopters. An agent reports that Gibson has been found at a school for
the deaf. Scully and Skinner also head for the school. School
officials pull Gibson out of class pending arrival of the FBI, and Gibson
gives a meaningful look at a girl also attending the school. Doggett,
Scully and Skinner all arrive at the school at the same time. Gibson
went out the window of the office where he was being held. The task
force agents spread out. Gibson walks up to a man (we don't see who it
is) and Doggett soon after finds their footprints lead off into the
mountains. Doggett chases and finds Mulder pulling Gibson toward a
cliff......to be continued.
Without. Scully provides an opening narration about how we live in
a darkness of our own making. Who are these beings we do not understand?
If they know our secrets, why can't we know theirs? We see a UFO landing,
but as the narration concludes, the image of the ship dissolves.
After Doggett repeatedly shouts orders, Mulder releases Gibson, who
runs away. Mulder doesn't otherwise speak or react. Mulder backs away
from Doggett toward the cliff. Doggett runs forward to stop him, but
Mulder falls off the cliff and strikes the ground far below. In a
close-up we see that Mulder almost immediately awakes with a start. Scully
& Skinner drive up, but Doggett and the other the agents now present don't
know where Mulder is. His body is not where it fell. Doggett can't
explain it, but says cops see amazing things sometimes. A set of tracks
leads down into a gully and provide clear evidence that Mulder ran away
from where he fell.
Scully is convinced that it may have looked like Mulder, but it wasn't.
Scully has seen what looks like a man transform into another man. When
pressed for details by Doggett, Scully answers that what appeared to be
Mulder was an alien bounty hunter, come to collect a bounty on Gibson,
because he is part alien. The Bounty Hunter wanted to take Gibson back to
his ship, where she believes Mulder is. Doggett says she is starting to
remind him of Mulder. The other agents gather back at the school with the
children outside. Doggett drives up. Gibson cannot be found, so they
search the school building. The Bounty Hunter, still looking like Mulder,
is inside, but he transforms to look like the principal to talk to
Doggett. Scully thinks Gibson is long gone. She and Skinner see the girl
Gibson looked at earlier get on a bicycle and ride off. Scully follows on
foot, having to trot to keep up. Scully finds the bicycle abandoned, and
soon finds a sand-covered trapdoor. Gibson and the girl are there. He
tells Scully that she shouldn't have come. Scully promises to protect
him. They only reason the aliens want to take him is because he is
special. The girl is the only one at the school he told. Gibson broke
his leg while running away. Scully sets his leg but has to go get a car
to transport him.
Kersh phones Doggett. Doggett says he saw Mulder, but does not have
him in custody. Kersh can't understand how Doggett could find Mulder then
lose him. Doggett and Skinner talk - Skinner tells Doggett that he is a
pawn in a rigged game. Doggett asks for specifics. Skinner says Doggett
has a good reputation, and could even become the FBI Director some day,
which is why he has been set up to fail. Skinner tells him that the only
way to find Mulder is to listen to Scully and find the truth, but even
then he can lose, because if Doggett puts anything about aliens in his
report, Kersh will ruin him. The Bounty Hunter is inside the school, now
looking like Scully, but Scully also walks up to Skinner and Doggett, who
are standing outside. They are bemused to see Scully in person at the
same time that an agent radios that she is inside the building. The
Bounty Hunter attacks the agent indoors. The real Scully and company rush
in and chase the Bounty Hunter, but they are eluded. Doggett can't deny
that he saw two Scullys. Scully realizes that the Bounty Hunter is
masquerading again, as someone in the room. The deaf girl knows which it
is, but slips away and does not tell anyone. As Gibson sleeps in his
underground hiding place, he has a vision of Mulder, still in the alien's
medical examination restraints.
An ambulance arrives to transport the injured agent. Scully wants to
sneak away in a vehicle to get Gibson, but Skinner intercepts her. They
soon end up with guns pulled on each other because they each suspect the
other of being a shape changer. Skinner exhibits trust first and lowers
his weapon. When he reveals that he knows Scully is pregnant, they know
they can trust each other. Scully can't take the chance that she will
never see Mulder again. She has to do whatever it takes. She tells
Skinner that she knows where Gibson is, and Skinner accompanies her. The
deaf girl (or is it the Bounty Hunter?) has observed their conversation.
When they get to Gibson's hiding place, he is not there. They find him
several yards away. He says he can "hear" Mulder, somewhere out there.
"You're so close now," he tells Scully. Skinner carries Gibson to the
vehicle but Scully remains behind.
Skinner delivers Gibson to a hospital. Later, in his room with Skinner
watching over him, Gibson wakes up. The deaf girl enters the room and
shuts the door. Meanwhile, Scully walks the desert in the night, calling
for Mulder. She sees the lights of what seems to be a UFO flying in the
distance. It illuminates her, but it is a helicopter. It lands and
Doggett gets out. She accuses him of following her, but he responds that
she is where the action is. Doggett knows that Skinner took Gibson to the
hospital. Doggett's men followed Skinner to the hospital. Scully is
concerned that the Bounty Hunter may have infiltrated Doggett's men?
They get into the helicopter and fly to the hospital. Unseen by them,
there is a cloaked UFO nearby. Mulder is inside and senses Scully's
Scully arrives at the hospital. Doggett is now ready to question his
own security. Doggett and Scully go to Gibson's room and Gibson is gone.
Scully runs out and quickly begins a search. Still in the room, Doggett
realizes that the only way they could have gotten past the security is to
crawl through the suspended ceiling. Above the ceiling they find Skinner,
unconscious. Down the hall, the Bounty Hunter, posing as Skinner, flags
Scully down. She is again suspicious, but the Bounty Hunter attacks
Scully. She ends up shooting him. Green blood fizzes out and the body
quickly dissolves. Doggett bursts in and Scully cries as Gibson looks
Back in Washington, Kersh reviews the pictures of the injured Skinner
and the green slime. There must have been hazardous chemicals that caused
the body to dissolve, Kersh muses. Kersh belittles many of the facts of
Doggett's report but Doggett counters that the report reads like an
X-File. Doggett accuses that it's what Kersh intended when he assigned
Doggett to he case. Kersh says he assigned Doggett to give him some
answers and that Doggett should not come back until he has those answers.
Doggett visits Scully in her hospital room. She doubts that he believes
her, but he provides her several bits of information on case. Gibson is a
ward of the state and Doggett has asked for special protection. Doggett
tells Scully that keeping her apprised of the case is his job now - he is
assigned to the X-Files. Scully is surprised. Doggett promises that no
mater what their differences, he will find Mulder. In the final scene, we
see Mulder, still in the alien medical facility, surrounded by Bounty
Hunters in the nearby darkness.
(Note: The date of June 2000 for Requiem, Within and Without is
based on the events of the three episodes having taken place not long
after Mulder's rental car trips during four weekends in May, as noted in
Within. Note that the first of these four road trips may have been to
Pennsylvania instead of North Carolina, as reported in The Gift.)
Per Manum. A woman, Kath, is in the hospital, about to give birth and the doctor orders an emergency
C-Section because the baby's heart rate is high. When her husband, later identified as
Duffy Haskell, leaves the room to scrub, a nurse locks the door behind him. The mother
is distraught and is knocked out with drugs. When the baby is born, it appears to be
When Scully arrives at the office, Haskell is there, talking to Doggett. He
is with the Ohio Mutual UFO Network and he
communicated with Mulder eight years ago, claiming that his wife was a multiple
abductee. He says she is dead, killed by doctors after giving birth to an alien baby. He
has an ultrasound showing that the baby was not normal, and his wife wasn't supposed to
be able to have babies. When Haskell leaves, Doggett points out that his wife's story is
very similar to Scully's, which Doggett has read in the X-Files, except for the baby, but
Scully tells Doggett that her personal files are private. In the elevator, Scully has a
flashback to when she first told Mulder that she could not have children. He, in turn, told
her about finding her ova in the research facility run by the Kurt Crawford clone. He
immediately took the ova sample to a specialist, who said that they were not viable.
Doggett interrupts her reverie and she tells him that there is nothing to do on the Haskell
Scully goes to Zeus Genetics in Germantown, MD. Nobody greets her, so she
walks down a hall and hears
voices – a man calming several disturbed women. Scully ducks into a room to hide and
finds dozens of deformed fetuses in storage bottles. The doctor discovers her and she
lies, claiming to be with a friend, then she rushes home to call her doctor, Dr. James
Parenti. He agrees to meet with her, and viewers see that he is in the room with the
deformed fetuses, unwrapping the body of an alien baby. Scully has another flashback to
her conversation with Parenti when he told her that he and his colleagues believed that
there was a chance that under their care she could become pregnant, but, of course, she
needed a father. She said she had someone in mind, but had to figure out how to ask him.
The flashback over, she meets with Parenti who says her ultrasound looks fine. He
encourages her to tell the FBI about her pregnancy.
When Scully returns to the office, Doggett has received a call from Parenti's office
about a sonogram Scully left there. He thinks she is investigating the Haskell case, since
the Haskells had consulted Parenti in connection to their pregnancy. Haskell is called
back in to the FBI to be questioned in Skinner's office. He has a history of making
threats, in the letters to Mulder and to the Haskell's current doctor, Dr. Lev. He tells a
convincing story about what happened to his wife, but Doggett says there is no record that
they were ever married. When Haskell leaves, he telephones Dr.
Lev and it is clear that they are conspiring together. When Scully returns home that
evening we see a flashback to Mulder visiting her apartment. She had earlier asked him
to be the father of her child, and he gives her his answer – yes. He is complimented, but
doesn't want this to come between them in any way. He will talk to the doctor about the
donor procedure. As the flashback ends, Mary Hendershot knocks on Scully's door. She
was at Zeus Genetics earlier, and says that both her baby and Scully's are in danger.
Doggett drives his pickup up to an all-night restaurant, where he meets Skinner and
Scully. Skinner tells Doggett that Scully has requested a leave of absence, but they don't
reveal why. He is unhappy that they are not being candid with him, but Scully promises
that she is not putting Doggett at risk. He sees her get into her car, where Mary
Hendershot is waiting. Doggett doesn't know who Mary is, but it adds to the mystery he
is trying to figure out. Scully takes Mary to Walden-Freedman Army Hospital, where they have an
expert obstetrics team. She explains the suspicion that the baby may not be human and
the team prepares to induce labor in Mary. Meanwhile, Dr. Miryum, a woman doctor, takes Scully into
another examining room and does another ultrasound that looks completely normal. Joe Farah, an
FBI agent friend of Doggett's, reports that Haskell's fingerprints match the records of a
Marine named Haskell who died in 1970. David Haskell was buried in a Virginia cemetary in
a Marine honor goard ceremony. Doggett talks to another friend, Knowle Rorer, who is
apparently part of an intelligence agency. Rorer agrees to look into it and see if Haskell is a
"spook," i.e. an intelligence agent. If he his, then his visit to the X-Files office had
Doggett confronts Skinner, telling him that Haskell was a setup to get Scully to go
wherever she went. Under pressure, Skinner admits the name of the Army research
facility and Doggett rushes off. After Scully's tests, she is left alone to rest. She notices
a VHS videotape in playback mode. Removing the tape, she sees that the label has
another woman's name on it, Nancy Boxwell, with the date 11/23/00. Scully suspects
that she has been duped. She rushes to get Mary and escape the Army facility. As they
slip out into a parking garage, Rorer is there
with a team of commandoes. He says he is a friend of Doggett's and hustles the two
women into a suburban. As they drive away, military police chase them, but
the suburban eludes them. Mary goes into
labor and Scully demands that the vehicle stop. When they stop, the commando team
members prevent Scully from attending Mary, injecting Scully with a drug that causes
her to pass out.
Scully wakes up in a hospital room and finds Doggett sitting near her. He reports
that both she and the baby are fine. Mary is also fine, with a healthy son. Scully believes
that the boy was substituted for Mary's alien child, but there is no proof. Everyone says
Scully overreacted. For example, they said that the videotape was of her sonogram, just
recorded on an old tape. Scully is convinced that she and Doggett were used to get
Mary's baby, and now they are also being used to cover it up. Why didn't she tell
Doggett about her baby? She was afraid that "they" would use it to take her off the X-
Files, and she would never find Mulder. Doggett repeats his pledge to help her find
The episode ends with another flashback. Scully returns home to find Mulder
waiting for her. The artificial insemination did not work and Scully will not have a baby.
She feels it was her last chance, but Mulder hugs her and advises, "Never give up on a
(Note: Dating of the flashbacks is difficult. A reference in the episode script,
not seen on the air, indicates that all flashbacks took place about a year earlier.
For several reasons, this dating seems unlikely. Mulder acquired Scully's Ova in Momento
Mori in February 1997. The first flashback appeared to have happened somewhat after
Scully was cured from cancer, which was in Redux II, set in October 1997. There was
no reference in this episode to Scully's child Emily, but it was in Christmas Carol,
set December 21, 1997, that Scully told her mother that she can't have children. She
may have learned she could not have children sometime during her cancer tests. So the first
flashback of this episode could have been as early as late 1997. At Christmas 1997 Scully learns
about Emily, and shortly thereafter Bill Scully and his wife have the baby that they
have been trying to have for years. One could imply that Bill and his wife employed
the services of a fertility and/or genetic clinic. In spite of the reference in the script,
this timeline concludes that these two things likely inspired Scully to consult a specialist,
leading to Dr. Parenti's claim that there was a chance of Scully having a child.)
This IS Not Happening.
Near Helena, Montana, a UFO zooms over a deserted rural area. A
young man in a car is pursuing, taking photographs with one hand
and dictating into a pocket recorder as he goes. It is Richie,
who Mulder and Scully met in Bellefleur, OR, in the episode
Requiem. The UFO hovers and Richie stops his car and gets out.
He runs to the top of a hill, saying "This is not happening" to
himself, and finds that the UFO has disappeared, but he sees
someone walking nearby. Running after the man, Richie trips and finds a
body on the ground.
Scully arrives at the X-Files office -- Doggett has called her
in and takes her to Skinner's office. Teresa Hoese, formerly Nemmen, has been
found. She was abducted just before Mulder and is now in a
Montana hospital, just hanging on to life. Scully, Doggett and
Skinner fly to Helena and rush to the hospital. The doctor says
she has been severely mistreated. It is as if someone was
experimenting on her. In addition to many other injuries, there
are marks on her face as if the skin had been pierced and
stretched. Police deliver their report to Doggett, after which
the three FBI agents go to see Richie. He is in Montana looking
for his friend, Gary, who was also abducted. Internet chat rooms
have told him that there has been a lot of UFO activity nearby
over the last couple of weeks. He claims to have seen someone
with Teresa and police evidence also found footprints -- of
Nikes. Doggett pressures Richie, asking if he thinks aliens wear
Nikes. Richie responds that it it wasn't an alien, what about
his spaceship? Doggett is disgusted. Scully sees it as
their first break in the search for Mulder. Doggett tells
Scully that he thinks she is also afraid to find Mulder,
because of what might have happened to him.
Scully wakes from a bad dream about Mulder being experimented
on. She goes to Skinner's room and they talk outside the
motel. Scully relates a conversation with Mulder about
starlight and about how the light we see may be millions of years
old. Mulder thought that souls dwell in starlight and she hopes
he's right. Skinner says it sounds like she is trying to prepare
herself, but encourages her to stop -- Mulder may be
fine. Jeremiah Smith, first seen in the episode Talitha Cumi,
enters the hospital and morphs to look like Teresa's doctor. He
tells a nurse to prepare Teresa to be transferred to another
facility. He is wearing Nikes. Scully's phone wakes her up
with the news that Teresa is gone and the doctor denies having
Skinner and Scully drive up to the open field where Teresa was
found. Doggett has called them to meet him there. He introduces
Monica Reyes, an FBI agent from the New Orleans office who specializes
in ritualistic crime. Doggett asked her to help with the
case. She suspects that the abductions may be the work of a UFO
cult, similar to Heaven's Gate, an opinion which rubs Scully the wrong way. Doggett
follows and tells Scully that if she is going to contend that
there is an alien bounty hunter involved, they have to part
company. "Enjoy your new company," Scully says.
A man later identified as Absalom enters a rustic rural
building. Jeremiah is in the building with Teresa. He is
using the alien power to heal wounds on her. Absalom cries
with joy while Jeremiah is performing the healing. They were almost
too late, he observes. Scully finds Reyes at the hospital,
looking at Teresa's x-rays. She says she is looking for evidence
of implants. Scully doesn't understand. Reyes says she still
believes that this is the work of a cult, but that she doesn't
disbelieve the reports of alien abductions, and implants are
often reported in such cases. She has worked on many cases of
satanic ritualistic crimes, but never found direct evidence is
Satan. ("We should talk," quips Scully.) Reyes believes that
there are energies in the universe that she is sensitive to. She
can sense Scully's fear. Later, Reyes is driving down a rural
highway, sees a UFO and follows it. It has left another person
behind. Jeremiah and Absalom are loading the body into a pickup
truck when Reyes runs over a nearby hill, calling that she is a
federal agent. The two men drive off before she can approach
them. In the grass nearby Reyes finds a second body -- it is
Richie's friend, Gary.
Scully does an autopsy on Gary. He has all of the same kinds
of injuries Teresa did. Scully is more scared than ever for
Mulder. Doggett and Reyes talk in the hall. When they worked
together before, she helped during a three-day search for
Doggett's son. She knows that Scully fears finding what Reyes
and Doggett did find, i.e. Doggett's dead son. She understands
that this is why Doggett is so
determined to find Mulder. Reyes recognized Absalom in the
field. He was a doomsday cultist who believed that an alien
invasion would begin at the start of the Millennium. When that
didn't happen, he got involved in credit card fraud, and other
activities. Reyes also saw the license number of the pickup and
traced it to a place about an hour drive away. Absalom's people
are eating outdoors, around a campfire. Jeremiah comes up and
says "they are coming" and "you can't let them find him." The
compound is soon raided by law enforcement, including Scully,
Doggett, Skinner and Reyes. There are dozens of people there,
many sleeping in rough dormitory buildings. In one, Scully finds
Teresa, alive and well. They question Absalom who is
evasive. He now thinks that the alien invasion really did begin
with the new millennium, but just not the way he expected. There
are video cameras all over the compound, which he claims are to
give the abductees a feeling of safety -- so they can see if the
aliens return for them. Scully shows him a picture of
Mulder, but Absalom shakes his head, no. In her motel room,
Scully sees a vision of Mulder standing before her, but when she
looks away for a moment, he is no longer there.
Reyes has reviewed the tapes and shows scenes to the
others. On one, Scully recognizes Jeremiah, who she recalls
Mulder believed had the power to heal. They see him morph on the
video tape, changing to look like Doggett, although Doggett was
never in that building. The agents return to the compound,
where riot troops are still in control. Scully asks for
Jeremiah. Picking out one likely suspect from a crowd, she
questions him privately. He morphs and really is Jeremiah. He
says that he saves abductees and he was trying to help Mulder,
too. Skinner comes in. "You'd better come with us," he
says. They have found Mulder, wrapped in a blanket, on the
ground a distance away from the compound.
Scully rushes up, frantic to help him, but Doggett holds her
back, saying that it is too late. Knowing that Jeremiah has the
power to heal, she turns and runs through the dark back to the
compound, but finds a UFO hovering over the main building, a
light beaming down into it. She enters the shaking building;
there are many of the abductees still inside. When the light goes
out, Scully discovers that Jeremiah is gone. She sinks to her
knees, crying, and moaning, "this is not happening." To be
continued in April.
February and May 2001?
Deadalive. A graveside service is held for Fox Mulder in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Doggett, the Gunmen, Skinner, and Maggie and Dana Scully are
among those gathered. The pastor recites the Bible verse,
"Whosoever believeth in me shall never die." Scully murmurs to
Skinner how everyone else on Mulder's family is now gone, but the
truth he worked so hard to find was never truly revealed to him.
She can't believe she is really standing there. Scully crumbles
a handful of dirt into the grave.
Three months later...Doggett and Skinner meet with Kersh. He
is commending them, citing their efforts in the recovery of
Mulder. Kersh has asked Skinner to also write a letter
transferring Doggett off the X-Files and Doggett is being
considered for promotion. Doggett thanks Kersh, but says he'd
like to give the transfer some thought. In The X-Files office,
Doggett and Scully talk. Her pregnancy is showing. Skinner told
Scully about the meeting the Kersh. Scully tries to convince
Doggett that it would be crazy to stay. He counters that in six
weeks, Scully goes on maternity leave. If Doggett is transferred
out, the X-Files office door will be locked, maybe forever.
Doggett still has lots of questions about the Mulder
disappearance and considers it an open case. Scully tells him to
get out when he can or he may never get out.
On a fishing trawler in a storm 50 miles off Cape Fear, North
Carolina, the crew finds a human body in their nets. Later, at the morgue, the medical examiner begins the
autopsy but he body, which has clearly long been in the water,
begins to move. Doggett gets a call at home, from Skinner. The
body found in the ocean is Billy Miles and he is alive, in
Wilmington, NC. Skinner and Doggett drive to the cemetery where
Mulder is buried. Skinner is determined to open Mulder's grave
but Doggett thinks it's crazy. Skinner feels that if Billy
appeared to be dead but is now alive, Mulder may also really be
alive, even after three months. Skinner has the casket taken to the same medical
examiner who helped revive Billy. Although a local coroner attempts to
intervene, they open the casket and find
Mulder, his body showing signs of decay.
Scully rushes up to Skinner at the US Naval Hospital
at Anapolis, MD. She demands to know if what she has heard is true.
Mulder is alive, clinically, but his body and brain are all in a
state of decomposition. Doggett urges her not to see Mulder, but
she does, entering the room alone. She feels his chest to feel
him breathe, and puts her head to his chest, crying. Back at FBI
headquarters, Doggett is called into Kersh's office at night.
Kersh has been in that office for six months and hasn't yet seen
a sunrise from it. Kersh got a call about Mulder - he wants
Doggett to drop the investigation. It's bad for the FBI. At the
hospital, Scully looks in on Billy Miles, who has a brief
convulsion while she is there. Scully has to explain to a nurse
- she was just looking for an indication that Billy might be
getting better, but she thinks the equipment may have
malfunctioned, because for a moment there appeared to be two
At the FBI, Skinner isn't well. He staggers
while walking down a hall, holding his chest. It is certainly
the nanobots Alex Krycek implanted in Skinner's system months
earlier. Making his way to an elevator, he finds Krycek.
Skinner tells him to go to hell, but Krycek sends him another
attack and Skinner returns to ask what Krycek wants. They go to
the X-Files office. Krycek wants to give Skinner a chance to
save Mulder's life but Skinner isn't sure it can be saved.
Krycek tells Skinner that he has a vaccine developed by Mulder's
father to fight the alien virus.
In the hospital, Billy regains consciousness, his body still
decayed from weeks in the water. He gets out of bed and showers.
The dead skin washes off his body. Doggett comes to Mulder's
room. Scully is sitting there, holding Mulder's hand. Doggett
has concerns about Scully's well being. Scully says that after
her initial reaction to Doggett, he changed her opinion about
him. She is thankful to know about him, and thankful for his
concern, but that he was wrong to feel that the grave should not
be opened. This is not because of her personal feelings, but
because he is assigned to The X-Files. The truth about what
caused this is what matters. A
nurse enters and asks Scully to come - it is Billy Miles,
standing in the hallway, naked and disoriented.
Billy's body looks healthy. He doesn't remember much when
Scully gently questions him. He remembers the water and being on
the spacecraft. They took so many people this time, but now he
understands, he says. "They're here to save us." Doggett walks
off and Scully follows. She accuses that he doesn't believe the
evidence of his eyes. He says he isn't ready to accept a load of
crap but Scully says he's just bull-headed. He asks if Scully
believes the story about aliens coming to save the world, a
question she doesn't answer. Later, Scully and Skinner talk.
He came down after hearing about Billy. Scully reports that
there isn't a piece of medical data on Billy that isn't 100%
normal. It doesn't make sense, but it's like Billy literally
became a new person. Skinner asks if it could be due to an alien
influence, such as a virus. Scully demands to know what Skinner
knows. He says there may be a vaccine, but it doesn't come
without a price. At a corrections facility in Perkey, West Virginia,
Doggett talks with Absalom. Doggett wants to know about the
people he finds left for dead. Absalom quotes scripture but
Doggett wants to know how he healed the people.
Skinner goes to Mulder's room and finds Krycek there. Krycek
says to get the vaccine, Skinner will have to make sure Scully's
pregnancy doesn't come to term. Skinner is shocked and refuses.
Krycek says we all have lives in our hands - the question is who
is willing to sacrifice. Doggett returns and sees Krycek, making
him suspicious. Doggett talks with Scully, who tells him that
she believes that Mulder is infected by a virus that keeps him
just alive enough to transform him into an alien. Absalom also
told Doggett that the abductees, if not cured, would be
resurrected as aliens as part of the plot to take over the world.
The double heartbeat Scully heard in Billy maybe be evidence for
this. Scully is on her way to a surgical bay - Mulder's body has
to be stabilized in order to administer the vaccine she has asked
Skinner to get her. Doggett searches out Skinner, who is in
Mulder's room disconnecting Mulder from the equipment, apparently
an attempt to kill Mulder. Skinner couldn't kill Scully's
baby in order to get the vaccine. Doggett wants to know where
Krycek is and finds him in a car in
the parking garage. Krycek tries to run Doggett down and Doggett
grabs him through the car window as the car careens through the
garage, but Doggett is finally thrown free. Krycek, however,
stops, backs up and gets out of the car, holding up the vial
containing the vaccine. As Doggett approaches him, Krycek drops
the vial, allowing it to break on the floor, then drives off
before Doggett can get to him
Doggett storms back into the hospital. He doesn't have the
vaccine. Doggett tells Skinner he was right - Krycek wasn't to
be trusted. Scully is in the operating room with Mulder when
Doggett enters. Scully has realized that by keeping Mulder on
life support they were helping the virus incubate. When Skinner
took him off the equipment, Mulder's temperature dropped but his
vital signs were unchanged. Maybe they can give him courses of antiviral
drugs to help him. Doggett is called to Kersh's office again.
It's going to be awful crowded down in that X-Files office, Kersh
says, meaning that the promotion is no longer available to
At the hospital, Mulder wakes up. Seeing Scully holding his hand
and crying tears of joy, he jokingly asks "Who are you?". Then he
asks, "Anybody miss me?" Doggett looks
in, but when he sees what is happening he withdraws.
Three Words .A man, later identified as Howard Salt, walks along the iron
fence along the street outside the White House. He puts on
gloves and climbs the fence, running toward the building.
Secret Service agents intercept him as he calls out "He needs to
know," and "Aliens are taking over the United States, he needs to
know." Salt pulls a gun out of his belt, and as the agents
wrestle for control of the arm, the gun fires into Salt's
abdomen. As Salt passes out, he hands a CD-ROM to an agent,
asking him to give it to the President. On the CD-ROM is
written, "Fight the Future."
Mulder is in his hospital room, gently touching the wounds on
his face and remembering what was done to him during his
abduction. Scully and a doctor enter. They have important news.
In addition to Mulder's incredible recovery, Mulder's terminal
disease is no longer detectible. The virus is gone, after the
treatment with antiviral drugs and blood transfusions. The scars
on his face and body are repairing themselves. He is in perfect
health. Mulder says he feels like Austin Powers. Later, Scully
takes Mulder home to his apartment. He looks around and notices
that one of his fish is missing. Scully tells Mulder he can't
understand what it was like -- learning of his abduction,
searching for him, finding him dead and now having him back.
Her prayers have been answered. Mulder says that her pregnancy
is also an answer to her prayers, and he is happy for her. He,
however, has no idea where he fits in now. He is having trouble
processing what has happened to him.
At the federal prison in Perkey, WV, a trustee is circulating
library books to prisoners in a common area. He has the new
Harry Potter book. He hands Absalom a book, "The Coming
Apocalypse." Inside the front cover is a newspaper clipping
about a census worker shot on the White House lawn. Deputy
Director Kersh is watching a TV report about the census worker
when Doggett and Skinner enter his office. People are so rarely
what they seem, comments Kersh. Scully has submitted an
application to reinstate Mulder on The X-Files. Kersh intends to
deny the application. The success rate on the X-Files since
Doggett was assigned is much higher than during the time when
Scully and Mulder worked together, he says. The FBI is no place
for a personal crusade, Kersh says, and directs Doggett to tell
Mulder that he will not be reinstated. Kersh says the
alternative is closing the X-Files completely.
Skinner and Scully actually tell Mulder about Kersh's
decision. Mulder thinks it's something that was set up eight
years earlier. For the first time, Mulder is told that Scully
has had a partner for the last several months. Doggett doesn't
know much about the paranormal, but Scully says he is above
reproach and is also being maneuvered. Mulder intends to go back
to work anyway. In Bassett County, WV, a prison work crew,
including Absalom, is working on a road. In the dirt, Absalom
finds a board with a nail sticking out and slips it into the
sleeve of his orange jumpsuit. As the prisoners are loaded into
a van, he uses the board to strike a guard and runs. He is
pursued, but he eludes the guards by running in front of a
passing train, which blocks pursuit.
Later, Doggett returns home to find Absalom waiting for him.
Absalom grabs Doggett's gun and holds it on him. Doggett is
ordered to put his hands behind him and lean forward so Absalom
can check the back of his neck. He has to make sure that Doggett
is still Doggett, he says. Doggett is shown the newspaper
clipping. Absalom claims "they" killed Salt for what he knew,
just as Absalom's life is threatened. He vows to show Doggett
after which Doggett will spread the word. The invasion has
begun. They are already here. As Absalom utters Biblical
phrases, the phone rings but Doggett is not allowed to answer.
It is Scully calling. She is with Skinner in a briefing about
Absalom's escape. The words "Fight the Future" were found on the
wall of Absalom's cell. The agents in the room are skeptical
about reports that Absalom made claims about alien abduction,
healing and alien invasion. Skinner stresses that while the
claims are not substantiated, neither have they been refuted.
The evidence of torture was real. Skinner tells Scully that this
is obviously an X-File and he wants Doggett to be running it.
Scully answers that she is "all over it." As they talk, Scully's
cell phone pager beeps with a message from Mulder, "Where is
everybody, come on down."
They find Mulder in his office, feet up on his desk. By being
there, he could be endangering the X-Files, but he brushes off
such warnings. Mulder already knows about Absalom and has
noticed that Salt is seen in a photograph taken of people at
Absalom's compound. Mulder doesn't know any more than that, but
has a big hunch. Salt, he says, was a multiple abductee, was
trying to get word to the President and was killed for what he
knew. Scully and Mulder visit the FBI evidence room. Mulder
locates Howard Salt's personal effects, including Salt's laptop.
The entire hard drive is taken up with a ten gigabyte encrypted
file. He removes the hard drive and they leave the evidence
Absalom and Doggett arrive at the Federal Statistics Center in
Crystal City, VA. Absalom has taped a gun to Doggett's back so
that it would fire into Doggett's skull. Absalom has his hand on
the gun. Doggett's FBI credentials get them through the guard
post, but a hidden x-ray locates the gun. Absalom wants access
to the place they compile the data from the current census. He
thinks there's proof in the census data that the aliens are
already among us. As the two are about to enter the computer
room, guards appear with guns. Doggett calls to them to back off
and lower their weapons, but one guard shoots Absalom through the
forehead, killing him instantly.
Doggett is in Skinner's office. Skinner asks about Absalom's
claim that the census records contain proof. Mulder enters and
Skinner has to hold him back from roughing up Doggett. Mulder
thinks Doggett is busy burying the truth. He got Absalom killed
for what he knew. Later, Frohike greets Mulder at the door to
Scully's apartment. It's not fair, Frohike says, that Mulder has
been dead for six months and still looks better than Frohike.
Byers and Langly are also happy to see him, although Langly
implies that Mulder may have been involved in a "certain blessed
event." The Gunmen were able to partially decrypt the file on
Salt's hard drive. The data was downloaded from the Federal
Statistics Center (FSC) the day Salt died. Fifteen minutes after
Salt was shot, firewalls went up on the databanks of the FSC.
Mulder thinks that means he's right and that they would kill to
protect what is in the files. Unless Mulder can find a password,
there is no way to get into the data. What is on the hard drive
is apparently just a directory structure. Scully has gotten the
Gunmen to try to convince Mulder to let this one go, but Mulder
remarks that this is America - just because you get more votes
doesn't mean you win.
Doggett approaches his friend, Rorer as Rorer is jogging. rorer
compliments Doggett for dodging a bullet. Doggett wants to know
if he is being used. Rorer can't tell him that, but he can tell
him three words. Later, Doggett stops Scully outside her
apartment building. He can't go upstairs because Mulder doesn't
trust him. Doggett tells her that Salt had a computer diskette
that he was trying to get to the President, according to
Doggett's source. The password for the data is "fight the
future." Scully goes inside, where Mulder is waiting. She
hesitates, but tells him of Doggett's information.
Someone knocks on Doggett's door - it is Skinner. Scully
called, beside herself. Mulder somehow got access to a password
to a federal database filled with names of people of a certain
genetic profile being tracked using the US Census. Doggett
confesses that he gave Scully the password, but now he doesn't
know which side he is helping. He declined to tell Skinner more.
At the FSC, Scully is parked outside in a car when Doggett knocks
on her window. Mulder wouldn't listen to her. Doggett tells her
to leave. She thinks she can't do that to Mulder, but Doggett
tells her to do it for herself. He thinks he may have set Mulder
up. Doggett runs into the FSC. Mulder and the Gunmen are
inside, working to penetrate the FSC security.
With the Gunmen's help, Mulder gets inside without the
security guards noticing. Doggett finds the guard's office
empty. Mulder arrives at the computer room and the Gunmen
remotely open the locks. He uses a workstation to access the
data and prepares to e-mail the data. Doggett pounds on the
door, which is now locked again, calling that Mulder's life is in
danger and to get out of the room. Mulder ignores him. Doggett
fires his gun through the glass door, jumps through the door and
again warns Mulder of the danger. Mulder thinks Doggett is
trying to protect the data, which Mulder says proves that aliens
are targeting certain people based on their genetic profile for
abduction and replacement by alien facsimiles. He begins to send
a copy to the Washington Post. Guards drive up in military
vehicles. Scully sees them arrive and uses her cell phone to
warn the Gunmen that Mulder has to get out. Mulder again thinks
Doggett has set him up, but Doggett says they've both been set up
and they will both be killed. Langly radios to Mulder that the
data has been trapped and can't be uploaded for transmission.
Byers has a long shot idea for how they can get out. The guards
storm into the computer room and Doggett and Mulder are not
there. They are hiding above the suspended ceiling.
Rorer is jogging again. As he stops at a drinking fountain,
Doggett approaches him. Why shouldn't Doggett expose Rorer?
Skinner is walking toward them across the park. If Rorer walks,
Skinner will see to it that Rorer's name goes in lights. Rorer
asks if Doggett exposes him, where will he get his answers?
Doggett is standing on the tip of an iceberg, he says. It's not
about Mulder, Rorer says, it's about the truth. Doggett has it
all right in front of him in the X-Files. Rorer says he is just
trying to point Doggett in the right direction. As Doggett walks
away, we see that Rorer has a lump on the back of his neck.
Vienen .On an oil-drilling platform at sea, the workers are in a
bar/lounge/restaurant area. The TV goes out and the drill rig
boss, Bo Taylor, hits the TV, causing it to work again. One of
the workers, Simon do le Cruz, goes off by himself to a shop
where another man is repairing a radio. Simon carries a knife
from the kitchen. In the lounge, the TV goes out again and
pounding on it doesn't fix it. Taylor goes to find the rig's
communications officer. He finds Simon battering the radio.
The Communications man is dead. Simon is there, and is clearly
frightened. Taylor's body begins to glow and Simon screams.
At FBI Headquarters, Doggett finds the door to the X-Files
office locked. He unlocks it and enters to find Mulder looking
through the file drawers, researching the recent death of an oil
worker. Doggett understands that Mulder is interested, but
points out that he is not assigned to The X-Files. Simon's body
washed ashore with serious burns. The oilrig's communications
officer is also reported as missing. The medical examiner said
the burns are consistent with radiation burns. Doggett is well
aware of the files on the Black Oil that is radioactive and can
allegedly take over human bodies, but he is not convinced about
it. The phone rings - it is Scully in Kersh's office. There is
an oil executive there who says somebody in the X-Files office
contacted him. It was Mulder, working unofficially.
Mr. Ortega is waiting in Kersh's office, and Kersh is unhappy
that Mulder has been investigating the case. They have a
sensitive situation - the company has located what appears to be
a huge new oil reserve, which may spread into Mexican territory.
In order to diffuse the possible international situation, Kersh
reluctantly agrees to have the case investigated. He sends
Doggett, who arrives at the platform by helicopter, 150 miles out
to sea. A new communications specialist also arrives. Doggett
discovers that Mulder is already there. Taylor tells the two
agents that Simon went crazy and tried to blow up the rig,
causing a gas valve to explode, also killing the communications
chief. When Mulder and Doggett aren't looking, viewers see that
Taylor has black oil in his eyes. Later, in private, Mulder and
Doggett argue. Mulder isn't supposed to be there. Both agree
that Taylor is lying.
Scully does an autopsy on Simon's body. In his brain, she
found evidence of the alien virus, but it is dead. What killed
it? Scully demands an evacuation of the oilrig, in case the
virus is loose. The new communications specialist is working on
the radio, which is still nonfunctional, when Taylor enters.
There is some sort of high frequency interference being received
over a large range of channels. Taylor knocks the man out and
black oil drips out of Taylor's eyes and mouth, infecting the
communications man. Later, Scully uses the now working radio to
send a message to the oilrig and is surprised to learn that
Mulder is there. He suggests that Kersh doesn't need to know
that he is there. She confirms that the virus was in the body
but is dead. Could the radiation have killed it? It seems
unlikely, since the black oil is radioactive itself. Everybody
in the rig is in danger. Scully wants to evacuate the rig and
quarantine the people. Mulder counters that Scully needs to find
what killed the virus. Doggett overhears part of the
conversation and demands from Mulder to know what is happening.
Later, the news is announced to the workers that Doggett has
ordered the rig has been quarantined - nobody can leave or arrive
at the rig. The workers all grumble.
Mulder has reviewed the crew manifest. There is one other
crewmember missing, Diego Garza. He is a deck hand and was a
friend of Simon. Nobody has any idea where he might be. Scully
shows Simon's body to Ortega. He says there is no evidence of
any disease and if they can't give him any, he'll call in the
crew and rotate a fresh crew to the platform. Mulder is looking
for Diego but Doggett thinks Mulder isn't giving straight
answers. Mulder claims he doesn't know what the oilrig workers
are hiding. Mulder has seen how this substance can take over a
man's body. It body jumps from man to man and it's not in all
oil. Mulder thinks the new oil complex is already being pumped
and that the oil is filled with the virus, ready to infect the
planet. Maybe Diego is hiding because he knows what is going on.
As they talk, an alarm goes off. It's the radio room, on fire.
Mulder grabs a fire extinguisher and as Doggett runs down the
hall to get another, Diego knocks him unconscious.
Kersh and Skinner visit Scully in the morgue. The body should
have been well on its way back to Mexico by now. Kersh got a
call from Martin Ortega about the rig being shut down. Kersh
intends to order the quarantine lifted. Scully counters that
communications is out so the order lifting the quarantine can't
be delivered. Kersh threatens Scully and Skinner that they are
running out of mistakes. As the sun sets on the platform, Mulder
concludes that the fire that damaged the radio equipment was
arson. Doggett wakes up to find Diego holding a knife on him.
Diego pokes him to see if his blood is red. Doggett doesn't
speak very good Spanish and their conversation is halting, in
English and Spanish. Diego set the fire to keep the others from
using the radio. "They" have to be stopped before it is too
late. "They" are coming. Who? The flying ships are coming.
Scully finds a large number of T-Cells in Simon's blood, cells
used to fight virus. Simon may have had a genetic immunity to
the virus because he is from a rare group of indigenous Mexican
Indian people. Scully thinks the rest of the rig workers killed
him because he was a threat. It could actually put Mulder and
Doggett in danger if they did get word to them.
Doggett and Diego continue to talk. Doggett says if Diego
stays there, the other workers will find him. Doggett promises
to help Diego get home. Later, Doggett crawls out of the space
where Diego was holding him, apparently having reached agreement
with Diego. Taylor intercepts Doggett, knocking him down and
beginning to drip oil, but Mulder arrives and knocks Taylor
unconscious, saving Doggett. They head for the radio room and
lock the door. Doggett will try to get the radio working while
Mulder barricades the door. Outside, the oil workers gather can
begin to break down the door.
Mulder piles furniture against the door as Doggett gets the
radio working. Scully is on the other end. Scully thinks she
knows why they killed Simon. The choppers are on the way to
evacuate the platform, but Mulder orders that the helicopters not
land. Doggett tells Scully that only three of them on the
platform are uninfected. Mulder abruptly breaks the radio, and
when he does, the hammering on the door stops. He had to prevent
the oilrig workers from using the radio, because apparently they
would use it to signal their flying ships. The oilrig workers
are no longer outside the radio room. Mulder and Doggett
cautiously leave the room to find out why, Doggett calling to
Diego as they go. They find Diego's body, burned. They hear the
chopper arrive and continue making their way up to the deck of
the platform. Mulder thinks that the workers are about to blow
the rig. Flames break out as the two agents run over catwalks
and through equipment rooms. In one area, Taylor and his men
block their way. Explosions rock the platform. Ultimately, they
come to a catwalk and jump into the water as the platform
explodes, to soon be rescued by a hovering helicopter.
Back at the FBI office, Doggett again finds Mulder in the
office. Doggett has been called to Kersh's office. The oil
company has lost the right to drill on that undersea oil complex.
Mulder wants the oil to stay where it is. Mulder tells Doggett
that the blame will be properly fixed - on Mulder. He is out of
the FBI. Mulder is taking a fall for Doggett, for the X-Files.
Doggett has seen the oil for himself. Doggett is in charge now
of The X-Files now. Mulder walks out the door as the episode
Essence .The episode begins with a narration by Mulder about the miracle of life – or is it just
nostalgia for something commandeered by science. How did this child come to be? Is it
a miracle or a product of technology?
Scully's mother, Maggie, is helping decorate Scully's apartment for a baby shower.
Lizzy Gill arrives, a baby nurse Maggie has asked to help Scully. While the shower is
going on, Lizzy replaces the pills in Scully's prescription bottle. At Zeus Genetics, Dr.
Lev is working late when Billy Miles enters. He's there to verify that Dr. Lev's work has
been fruitful. It has, but his work is done. Billy kills Dr. Lev, dousing the body with a
chemical and setting it on fire. Doggett is cleaning his gun on a Saturday morning when
Mulder comes to his door. The Zeus Genetics building has burned and Mulder wants to
be involved because it's the place where Scully thought they were creating alien babies.
The two visit the FBI evidence analysis facility which is sifting through the debris
from Zeus. Doggett's friend, Gene, resents that it was Mulder who initiated the search.
All of the Zeus staff is accounted for but Dr. Lev. Lev's co-founder of Zeus Genetics
was Dr. Parenti, who was Scully's obstratician for the first two-thirds of her pregnancy.
Mulder and Doggett go to question Parenti. They gain access to the office, believing that
nobody is there. Parenti actually is there, meeting with a patient. In Parenti's office
Doggett finds many glass containers with preserved fetuses. Parenti says they are babies
with birth defects. Scully takes her perscription pills as Lizzy is about to leave. Outside,
Lizzy is picked up to Duffy Haskel. She tells him that Scully trusts her and Haskel
replies, "Good, we're almost at an end."
Dr. Parenti is packing the things in his office when Billy enters. When Mulder and
Doggett arrive to further question Parenti, they find the doctor's head in one of the glass
canisters. Mulder finds Billy in the office, who tosses Mulder through a glass panel.
Doggett fires his gun at Billy's chest, but Billy keeps coming. Doggett ducks into an
office, and when he looks out again, Billy has disappeared. Doggett and Mulder go to
Scully's apartment, where she cleans a cut over Mulder's eyebrow. Mulder thinks Billy
is an alien "human replacement." Doggett counters that Billy bled red blood when he
was shot, and the X-Files show that aliens bleed green. Mulder speculates that Billy is
something new. Lizzy arrives while they are talking and from another room calls Haskel
to report that there is trouble – that the agents are asking all the right questions. While on
the phone, Haskel is attacked by Billy.
Dogett arrives at the crime scene where Haskel's head has been found, severed from
his body. Skinner and Mulder are there, too. Skinner says the building has been
determined to be an illegal medical facility for the purpose of human cloning and that
prenatal records indicate that Lev and Parenti were monitoring Scully's pregnancy.
Skinner asks Mulder about the fatherhood of Scully's baby. Mulder has no idea and
Skinner stresses that he needs answers. Mulder phones Scully, who has to leave the
shower to answer. She catches Lizzy substituting more prescription pills. Scully is
checked out at the hospital, and everything is fine. The replacement pills were just
vitamin supplements. Skinner, Mulder and Doggett gather at Skinner's office to question
Lizzy, who says that for ten years she has been a scientist working on a secret human
cloning project. They were funded with government money from men who are all dead
now. They were successful with a clone combining human and alien DNA. The babies
only survived a couple of days, but they provided tissue and stem cells for other work,
which Lizzy claims to have no knowledge of. Lizzy says Scully's child is very special –
a perfect human child with no human frailties. Mulder storms out. Doggett's friend,
Gene, tells Doggett that Billy has called in from Dr. Parenti's office, offering to give
himself up. Doggett takes a SWAT team to Parenti's office, but Billy is not there.
Mulder arrives at Scully's apartment and tells her to pack a bag quickly because she
is in danger. He is going to do everything he can to protect her baby, but he can't do that
at her apartment. Doggett phones to report that Billy is not where he said he would be.
The lights go out in Scully's apartment and Mulder and Scully run. As they head down
the hall, Billy approaches from the other end of the hall. Scully's car is blocked in by
two other cars. As Billy approaches, he is struck by another car, driven by Krycek.
Although Krycek's car completely passed over Billy's body, Billy is recovering rapidly.
Krycek calls out that they don't have much time and in a split second, Mulder and Scully
decide to go with Krycek. They all gather again in Skinner's office. Krycek says that
there are others just like Billy and that they are virtually unstoppable. They are working
to end the resistance to the alien's return to the planet. Why do they want Scully's baby?
They are afraid of it, because they realize that it could be greater than them. Krycek
asked Skinner to kill Scully's baby (a few episodes ago) because he wanted to destroy the
truth. Mulder leaps to the conclusion that this truth is that there is a higher power, a God.
Krycek says that there is no hospital that is safe enough for Scully.
Doggett calls in help, including agent Monica Reyes, who is on her way to the airport
in a taxi. She diverts to the FBI building. Doggett waits for her in the parking garage
and phones to Skinner and Mulder to bring Scully down when he sees Reyes' taxi pull
up. As Reyes drives up, however, Billy is seen in the parking garage and Doggett tells
Skinner and Mulder to take Scully back up in the elevator. Billy heads up the stairs.
Skinner and Mulder leave Scully with Krycek and head out to intercept Billy. Krycek
gets her to the garage and Reyes drives off with Scully, slowly negotiating the curves of
the parking garage. Gene stops them at the parking garage exit to the street. On the roof
of the building, Skinner encounters Billy. Mulder runs up and knocks Billy over the edge
of the building. Billy falls into a garbage truck, several stories below. Gene waives
Reyes on and she drives off with Scully. Viewers see that Gene has a bump on the back
of his neck.
Late May 2001
Existence .Billy Miles' remains are brought into a medical examiner's lab. The body was
crushed after falling into a garbage truck. In the pulverized remains, the
doctor finds what appears to be a metallic vertebra. He leaves it on the
counter when he leaves the room. The piece of metal spins of its own accord.
Each time it spins, it multiplies itself, as if creating a new backbone -
apparently Billy's body is rebuilding itself out of almost nothing.
Scully is riding in a car drives by Reyes. They are in Georgia, where they
hope Billy cannot find them. Reyes is concerned that she has never delivered a
baby and there will not be facilities where they are going. At FBI
headquarters, Mulder and Doggett are with Skinner and Krycek in Skinner's
office. Video from a surveillance camera shows Billy Miles leaving the morgue.
Doggett doesn't believe it is possible. Krycek can't explain it, but says Billy
is somehow a human replacement - some new kind of alien, created to aid in the
repopulation of the planet. The aliens think Scully's baby is a threat to their
plans. Agent Crane gives Doggett the message that Knowle Rorer wants to talk to
Doggett. They meet and RorerRorerRorer tells Doggett that both Billy and Scully's baby
are products of a cold war effort to create a super soldier. Scully's abduction
was by the military, and the chip in the back of her neck was used to make her
pregnant with the first organic version of the super soldier. RorerRorer wants to
stop Billy before he can get to Scully.
Scully and Reyes arrive at Democrat Hot Springs, an abandoned community in
Georgia where Doggett was born. It used to be a popular spot among the rich.
Only Doggett knows where they are. It is night and the rooms are dark and
dirty. They begin making plans for Scully's labor. Outside, Reyes sees some
kind of bluish light in the distance. Billy shows up in the FBI building
causing Krycek and Skinner to run. Skinner barely escapes Billy by jumping into
an elevator and Krycek, already in the elevator, does not lift a hand to help
Skinner. Skinner is seriously wounded. Mulder is with Skinner in the hospital
when Doggett arrives. Doggett tells Mulder about his conversation with Rorer,
making clear that Doggett doesn't trust Rorer. Mulder doesn't want Doggett to
tell anyone where Scully is - not even Mulder. Doggett is wondering whether the
fact that he knows where Scully is will catch up with him. Mulder points out
that Rorer didn't say HOW they intend to stop Billy.
Reyes has the house cleaned up and arranged for the labor, impressing Scully.
Reyes talks about needing mood music, suggesting whale songs, reminding Scully
of her sister, Melissa. Reyes sees someone outside. It turns out to be a
female park ranger. The ranger is skeptical of the claims that she is talking
to two federal agents hiding from a very dangerous man, but she eventually gives
them the benefit of the doubt and volunteers her first aid kit, and to go get
further supplies. Scully asks Reyes if she is feeling any "vibrations." She
says something feels "off," but she can't identify it. Reyes goes outside to
get water from a pump well. The glowing blue light is still there in the
distance. Billy appears out of the dark and attacks her but the park ranger,
who has just returned, shoots Billy, saving Reyes. Scully comes outside to see
what is happening, but feels her first contraction. Her labor is beginning.
In the FBI parking garage, Mulder and Doggett see Rorer in a car with
Krycek. Doggett follows Rorer when Rorer leaves the car and Mulder watches
Krycek. Doggett sees Rorer talking with Agent Crane outside Deputy Director
Kersh's office. Doggett slips downstairs to Skinner's office - Skinner is
there, even though it is at night. He just got out of the hospital. Doggett
phones Mulder to tell him that Rorer is talking with Crane - Crane must be the
one getting people past FBI security and feeding information to Billy. Crane,
Rorer and Krycek must all be in league. Doggett calls Reyes from a phone
inside the FBI, and Crane must have tapped the call. They know where Scully is,
Mulder says he has to get to Scully and protect her. Doggett relents and
directs Mulder to Democrat Hot Springs in Northern Georgia. Mulder tells
Doggett that Rorer and Crane may also be human replacements and that he and
Skinner are in danger. Krycek interrupts the call by smashing the window of
Mulder's car. He is holding a gun on Mulder and indicates that he plans to kill
Mulder. Krycek says they have been on the same side all along and could have
killed Mulder many times, but he hoped Mulder would win somehow. As Krycek
begins the pull the trigger, Skinner, who has entered the parking garage
unobserved, shoots Krycek. When Krycek continues to reach for the gun that has
fallen out of his hand, Skinner shoots him twice more, the last time in the
forehead. Krycek's last words are that it would take more bullets than Skinner
can ever fire to win this game. Mulder still needs the exact location of
Democrat Hot Springs from Doggett. Skinner sends Mulder off to find Scully,
saying that he will "get it."
Upstairs, Doggett encounters Rorer and Crane, running to escape them. He
runs downstairs, Crane chasing him. Doggett bursts out into the parking garage,
encountering Skinner who turns and runs with him. They jump into Skinner's
Blazer. Crane and Rorer run into the garage. Crane runs for the truck while
Rorer runs for his own vehicle. Crane jumps on top of Skinner's car and beats
in a window, grabbing at Doggett's throat. Skinner ends up driving past a roof
support pillar, knocking Crane off the truck. Crane begins to get up, but
Rorer drives through, his car bouncing right over Crane. The car bounces into
another support pillar and explodes in flame.
Scully is in labor. The park ranger is helping more than Reyes, but Reyes
notices a lump on the back of the ranger's neck. Reyes chooses her moment and
smashes the ranger over the head with a pot in which they have been boiling
water. Several other cars drive up and the ranger, now with facial burns, says,
"This baby will be born." Reyes sees Billy getting up from the ground. Scully
is in great distress. Billy and the others have all entered the room and are
watching the labor. As she screams with pain, Scully is also screaming to not
let them take her baby. The baby is born. Billy and the others leave.
Outside, Mulder is approaching in a helicopter. He lands as the cars are
driving off and Reyes summons him to the building where Scully is. Scully is
OK, but she needs to get to a hospital, Reyes says.
Doggett and Reyes are in Kersh's office. He is expressing skepticism about
their report. Who even assigned Reyes to the X-Files, anyway? Doggett answers
that he assigned her because he is investigating Kersh's office for a late night
meeting between Kersh, Rorer and Crane, both of whom are missing and presumed
dead. Kersh is left without anything to say. Doggett and Reyes leave.
Mulder arrives at Scully's apartment. The Lone Gunmen are there, delivering
presents. They don't understand how Mulder arrived in time to save Scully.
Doggett told them that Doggett never reached Mulder with specific directions.
Mulder says, "there was a light, I followed it." The Gunmen leave. Scully
shows Mulder her son - he is perfectly normal. She has named him "William,
after Mulder's father. Mulder holds him. Mulder jokes that the boy has
Scully's coloring and her eyes, but that he looks suspiciously like Skinner - a
reference to the bald head. Scully doesn't understand why they didn't take her
son from her. Mulder isn't sure, but maybe little William isn't what they
thought he was. That doesn't make him any less a miracle, though. From the
moment Scully became pregnant, she was afraid about how and why it happened.
Mulder says that there were many possibilities, but they both know the truth.
"Which is what?" she asks. Wordlessly, Mulder kisses Scully on the mouth.
Note about dating: Evidence seen in this episode and the next indicates
that The Lone Gunmen series finale cliffhanger All About Yves happens in the
48 hours between these two X-Files episodes. In Nothing Important Happened
Today Langly's skin is dyed blue but in Existence it is not. In All About Yves
we see the Romeo 61 list which includes recent entries on dates 5-14-01 and
5-4-01, indicating that this episode takes place not earlier than late
May. The inconsistency of these dates versus Scully's 12 month pregnancy will
probably never be addressed on screen.
Late May 2001
Nothing Important Happened Today I.A man, later identified as Carl Wormus, is having a drink in a bar. He dips his fingers
into his glass and removes the ice. A striking dark-haired woman, later identified as
Shannon McMahan, walks in and seats herself at the bar. Wormus moves over to talk with
her. He wants his drinks without water, but the bartender always gives him drinks "on
the rocks," he tells her. He doesn't like water because of an addative, "Chloramine,"
that the government adds to water. After only a few moments of
banter McMahan suggests that they go outside "for some air." They are soon zooming
down the highway in his convertible, apparently going to her home out in the country.
Wormus slows as they approach a drawbridge because the bridge is rising. McMahan slams
her hand down on his leg, flooring the accelerator. The car crashes through a barricade
and falls into the water. Underwater, McMahan sits placidly in her seat as Carl struggles to
release his seatbelt and swim to the surface. As he begins to rise out of his seat, McMahan
grabs his ankle and holds him underwater.
It is 48 hours after we last saw Mulder and Scully. Scully wakes early in the morning
because little William is fussing. Someone is in the shower but we can't tell who. In the
living room we see suitcases, all packed. The
implication is that Mulder is also in the apartment and is preparing to leave. In
rapid succession we see Doggett awake in his bedroom and Reyes awakened at her apartment by
a phone call. The call is from Brad Follmer, an FBI assistant director who she once
had a relationship with. He asks her to visit his office. Doggett makes coffee and hears a
TV report of Wormus' death. He was a deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection
Agency. Follmer is listening to the same report when he hears Reyes in
his outer office. His assistant was away and she was going to leave a note rather than
knock on his door. He attempts to kiss her and she resists, surprising him because a
couple of years ago in New York she used to ask him to close the door so them could
kiss. Doggett's investigation of assistant director Kersh is causing waves, Follmer tells her.
He gives her two security tapes from the FBI building. One shows her meeting with
Doggett. He doesn't immediately tell her the content of the other tape.
Doggett and Kersh meet each other on the elevator in the FBI building. Doggett says
that his investigation is nothing personal. Kersh says that if Doggett can't find anything
on him, nobody can. Doggett and Reyes talk in the X-Files office. He's upset that he is
just doing his job but is getting a lot of heat. Reyes tells him that he may be unable to
do his job – the second tape is from the FBI parking garage, where Doggett and Skinner
were attacked, Rorer's car exploded and Skinner shot Krycek. The tape shows nothing
but an empty garage. The garage has been cleaned of all evidence. Doggett goes to
Mulder's apartment but it is vacant with all of Mulder's possessions removed.
At the Greater Maryland Water Reclamation Facility in Baltimore, McMahan emerges
from a huge tank of water. She is nude. A plant worker, Roland McFarland, sees her
fleetingly across the facility and walks to investigate. She grabs him and dives into the
tank with him, pulling him deep underwater. Doggett arrives at Scully's apartment
uninvited. The phone has been off the hook to keep from disturbing the baby and
Doggett panicked that Scully may have disappeared also. Scully will not explain where
Mulder went, just saying that he's gone. Reyes talks with Skinner. She and Doggett
have been unable to trace Mulder. Skinner doesn't know where Mulder is and probably
wouldn't tell her if he did. Doggett arrives and Skinner asks Doggett to drop the
investigation of Kersh. No, the bad guys didn't get to Skinner and he isn't afraid of them,
but he is afraid for the lives of Mulder, Scully and the baby if the investigation continues.
Doggett concludes that if he doesn't drop the investigation he's alone on it. Reyes
counters that she is still with him.
Later, Reyes meets Follmer in a bar. She asked him out and is much more receptive to
him now – because she wants something from him. She says there isn't going to be an
investigation of Kersh and it probably means that she will be going back to New Orleans
because if they drop the investigation the X-Files will also probably be dropped, and it is
her dream assignment. She also implies that she wanted to be in
Washington to be closer to Follmer. Without saying it she is asking for his help to keep her
assigned to the X-Files. Doggett goes to Scully's apartment uninvited again and asks for
her help. She says she doesn't know how to find Mulder and that his disappearance
makes sense in its own way. He brings up the claim about the super soldier project. She
says the baby is fine and encourages him to drop it and when he resists she asks him to
leave and not return. He leaves without pushing further.
Back home, Doggett works to track down and telephone several buddies from his
Marine company, trying to find more information on what happened to Rorer after his
discharge. One of them, seen in a photograph of the Marine company, is Shannon
McMahan. He does not reach her. Reyes passes McMahan in an FBI building hallway.
McMahan is wearing FBI credentials. Reyes goes to the X-Files office where she edits a
report, breaking a pencil in the process. She gets up on the desk to retrieve pencils that
are stuck in the ceiling, but hears someone in the hallway outside. The elevator door is
just closing as Reyes enters the hallway, but she finds an envelope containing the
obituary of Carl Wormus.
Scully puts William down for a nap and lies down herself. She awakes to find star-
shaped ornaments on the crib mobile over William spinning slowly with William crying. Scully
stops the mobile from turning but when she releases them they begin turning again. She
phones Doggett and says she was wrong to ask him to drop the investigation. He vows
that he hasn't, and that something has come up. Scully agrees to meet him and Reyes at
Quantico, leaving Maggie Scully watching William. Doggett has obtained Wormus' body
and wants Scully to do a thorough autopsy, even though tests show Wormus was drunk when
he drowned. Skinner calls Doggett to say that Doggett made a mistake when he obtained
the body without jurisdiction. Skinner warns Doggett to watch his back. As Scully
works with Reyes watching, Doggett goes back home and meets with the Lone
Gunmen. Langly's skin is still blue (see the Lone Gunmen series finale) and Frohike
quips that they may need to charge Doggett to help their finances. They hack into
various computer systems but can't find out anything about Wormus, except that he had an
obsession about water.
Scully concludes that Wormus did, indeed, drown. Reyes is impressed that Scully can
do the autopsy all the while being concerned that something is wrong with her baby.
Scully thinks maybe she's seeing connections that aren't really there. She discovers
marks in Wormus' ankle that spear to be from fingers, like someone was holding him
underwater. Follmer tells Kersh that Scully is at Quantico and Kersh asks Follmer to handle it.
Follmer protests that he has a conflict – Reyes – but Kersh can't do anything because he is
under investigation. McMahan visits Scully's apartment but Maggie does not let her in.
McMahan claims to work with Scully but when Maggie asks her name, McMahan
disappears. Scully and Reyes leave the autopsy room. The work is done and Scully
needs to get home. They see McMahan following them. They don't know who she is, but
Reyes remembers her from the FBI office. Follmer and a team of agents accost Scully and
Reyes and take them back to the examining room. Follmer tells Reyes that he is doing his
best to "cover her ass." The body is gone and Follmer demands
to know where Doggett took it. Reyes denies that Doggett took it anywhere and
suspects that Follmer slipped them Wormus' obituary to set Doggett up. This claim appears to
Reyes talks to the Gunmen, still at Doggett's. They have discovered that Wormus was
receiving encrypted e-mail from McFarland at the water reclamation facility. Doggett
and Skinner have gone to Baltimore to investigate. They slip into the plant illegally and
locate McFarland's desk, locating files mentioning Chloramine. Follmer and the other
agents storm into the plant. Skinner and Doggett have to run to avoid them, running
through the catwalks with the other agents in pursuit. Skinner is slowed down when he
bumps into a protruding pipe. Follmer catches up and believes that Skinner is also there to
apprehend Doggett, rather than because the two are working together. Doggett hides
from Follmer in the water tank. The Chloramine files slowly drift upward, but Follmer cannot
see anything due to the reflections on the dark water. Doggett feels his ankle grabbed and we
see McMahan, nude again but obscured by the murky waste, pulling him downward deeper
into the tank. To be continued.
Late May 2001
Nothing Important Happened Today II.The captain of a ship at sea enters a security area within his vessel using a hand print
scanner and a retinal scan. He has a message for Dr. Nordlinger. It's an encrypted
message translated to read "Emergency, stop. Return to operations base directly, stop."
The Doctor confirms that they are returning to base. On a big screen in the background
we see a microscope projection of work on a human ova. The Captain returns to the base
and orders the signal sent that, "We're coming in."
Follmer looks around the tank that is filled with still water. Just after he turns away
bubbles break the surface. Doggett has lost consciousness underwater but McMahan
kisses him to breathe air into his lungs. Reyes meets with Follmer and Skinner. Follmer is
charged with reigning in the X-Files and he is having trouble understanding the current
investigation. He cites unauthorized autopsies and break-ins to the water plant. He is
trying to give both Reyes and Skinner a chance to put a positive spin on what is going
on. Follmer tells Reyes that she shouldn't insist on an investigation within the FBI. It
won't expose anything but her unless she distances herself from Doggett. She walks out
of the office. Doggett wakes up in a bed, coughing. McMahan is there, dressed in jeans
and a t-shirt. His lungs are full of water. She had to pull him under water or they would
have caught him. She says she is the product of 50 years of military science – a
bioengineered combat unit. She doesn't sleep and can breathe under water, she claims.
She and Rohrer were recruited right out of the Marines. They were Adam and Eve but
there are many more super soldiers now. She hates what she is and needs Doggett's help
to stop the expanding program. The two men she killed were preparing to distribute a
drug in the water supply, she says.
The ship is now in a civilian dock in Baltimore. The Captain prepares to leave the
ship although the first mate reminds him that security rules prohibit them from leaving.
The Captain walks to a pay phone on the dock and calls the office of Carl Wormus, but
gets voice mail. He doesn't know that Wormus is dead. Skinner visits Scully's
apartment because he couldn't be candid on the phone. She and Mulder asked him to
leave this matter alone and he can't understand why Scully is now getting involved. She
can't explain what happened with her baby but she needs answers. It's too dangerous for
her to contact Mulder. Skinner thinks she has made a big mistake by getting involved. In
the morning Scully gets a call from Reyes and Doggett. They may have some answers
for her. Scully arrives at Doggett's to find him, Reyes and McMahan there. McMahan
says the Chloramine being put in the water system has a changed molecular makeup and
is being delivered into every home to prime the population to breed a generation of super
soldiers. She says she is a first generation prototype but they are seven generations
advanced beyond her and a super soldier has been born from a mutated human egg.
Scully is not inclined to trust McMahan – she's heard lots of conspiracy claims before.
McMahan shows her a lump on the back of her neck that is just like one viewers have seen
on Rorer's neck. She also lifts her shirt. While Scully examines McMahan, Reyes tells
Doggett that she doesn't trust McMahan. Scully finds a small spinal deformity - the bump - but
otherwise McMahan is physically normal. Doggett still thinks she's the key to their case.
Skinner interrupts their meeting with a phone call to Doggett. As a result of the call,
Doggett bursts into Kersh's office. Doggett is being suspended for insubordination but
Doggett says that will not stop his own investigation. The Captain returns to the bridge
of his ship. His first mate has been replaced by Rorer, who says he is now second in
command. Reyes finds that McMahan is in the Department of Justice database, listing
her as an employee. The Lone Gunmen enter, Langly with his face no longer blue. They
used fake FBI passes to get into the building. Their Internet service was disconnected for
nonpayment so they use FBI access to show Reyes phone records from Wormus'
voice mail system. Someone has called several times since he died, even though his
death was big news. As they are connected to the system another call comes in. They
scramble to patch in and Frohike answers the call, pretending to be Wormus. It is the
Captain calling – the ship has been ordered into port and they (the Captain and Wormus)
are under suspicion. As they had previously talked, the Captain wants Wormus to contact
the FBI and tell them about the lab on board the ship and expose the horror and
inhumanity. Rorer sees the Captain making the call.
Reyes accosts Follmer in his office. She is asking for his help again – to obtain
McMahan' Department of Justice case files. She thinks Follmer is on the wrong side in this
matter and that Doggett and all the rest of them are being set up. Later, after receiving
the files, Reyes tells Doggett and Scully that McMahan is not telling the truth. The two
men she killed had contacted her as whistle-blowers, reporting wrongdoing. Reyes
claims that McMahan hasn't been able to find the Captain of the ship so she is using
Doggett to locate him. Scully says if there really is a lab on the ship it may hold answers.
The Captain tricks Dr. Nordlinger into opening the security door and demands the
computer hard drives containing data on the "butcher shop" they are running. Scully,
Doggett and Reyes arrive at the dock. They are supposed to meet the Captain by the
pay phone. They see a man walking toward them and Doggett realizes it is Rorer.
Doggett tells Scully and Reyes to run and Doggett fires his gun at Rorer repeatedly,
without effect. Rorer attacks Doggett and beats him but McMahan appears and beheads
Rorer, saving Doggett. "You didn't trust me," she says, but a hand from Rorer's
beheaded body, which is still standing upright, slams through McMahan' torso and they
both fall into the water, apparently dead.
Scully, Doggett and Reyes board the ship. They find nobody on board but they find
the severed head and body of the Captain. Doggett goes one way and the women go
another. Doggett finds an explosive device counting down from two minutes. He rushes
off to find the other agents, locating them in the lab. Scully realizes immediately that the
lab has been used to modify ova, female eggs for transplant. As Doggett shouts that they
have to leave, Scully desperately searches through the records, looking for her own name.
Doggett shouts that there is no time (not unlike the way Scully shouted at Mulder in The
X-Files Movie) and that they'll find another way. Scully gives up. They flee and the
ship explodes just as they reach the dock.
48 hours later Doggett enters Kersh's office with his completed report. Kersh is not
implicated. Kersh looks at it briefly and reads about super soldiers, Navy ships and
McMahan, all disappeared. The report mentions, "a conspiracy like a cancer within the US
government." Doggett says he knows that Kersh's hands are dirty in this matter, but
Doggett has concluded that Kersh is the one who left Wormus' obituary to be found.
Kersh claims that he is also a victim of threats on his life by the conspiracy and that he
encouraged Mulder to leave. Doggett realizes that it was actually Scully who convinced
Mulder to go into hiding. Kersh cites the personal diary of King George III on July 4, 1776
"Nothing important happened today" to show that revolutions can start that will change
the world forever and even kings can fail to notice. Doggett leaves Kersh's office and
meets Follmer in the elevator. Follmer has heard that Doggett has a stay on his suspension. The
Deputy Director has the X-Files operation just where he wants it. Follmer claims that he is
a friend of The X-Files and smirks that it is a comfort to have them "down there."
Underwater, we see McMahan' body. Her eyes suddenly pop open – she is alive.
Scully is sleeping on a sofa beside William's crib. She checks the baby then lies down
again and closes her eyes. William waves an arm and as the screen goes black for the
credits we hear the sound of the mobile turning again.
At a country home, a man is painting a hand-sized wooden buffalo. His
wife is nearby, pensive. She doesn’t understand how someone could give up
a child. Her husband assures her that God has reasons for asking someone
to do that. People from the adoption agency drive up and deliver a child
to the couple - an infant boy.
In Georgetown, Scully drives up to her apartment building. A man
watches in the shadows across the street. Doggett leaves the X-Files
office and the same man slips into the office and begins searching the
files. Doggett, having forgotten something, returns and the man attacks
him, and then runs. Doggett uses his gun to stops the man in the hallway.
Scully is called to the office and talks with Doggett and Reyes. The man
says his name is Daniel Miller and says he got into the building with a key
card given to him by Fox Mulder. The man’s body is heavily burned. Under
questioning, he tells Scully that he came here to find answers about the
government conspiracy that did this to him. Miller had taken several files
relating to Fox and Samantha Mulder. Scully has Miller transferred to
Quantico, where she can do a thorough examination. She concludes that the
injuries are not from burns. He says he was injected with something that
burned his body inside and out. Doggett determines that Miller’s ID is
fake. Doggett’s theory is that Miller is really Mulder.
Scully continues her examination of Miller. He won’t tell her his
real name. People in the FBI would kill him is they knew he was being
held there. When he tells her that he might be able to help her, too,
Scully has a flash of Mulder saying the same words, but she tells Doggett
and Reyes that Miller is definitely not Mulder. They take Miller back to
the X-Files office where he tells them that what was done to him was a failed
attempt to make him into an alien. The plan is to do this to everyone. He
did not locate the filed he says Mulder told him about. Someone has already
removed them. Scully has them at home and the agents take Miller there.
Mulder and Scully agreed to remove the files from the X-Files office. If
Miller were really Mulder, he would have known where they are. William cries
and Scully finds Miller in William’s room. Miller claims that Mulder has
told him so much about William. He wants to hold the boy FOR Mulder.
Doggett and Skinner talk. The tests show that Miller’s blood type matches
with Mulder but there are physiological differences that may or may not be
the result of Miller’s condition. Mulder, however, knows those files inside
and out. Why not just tell Miller what is in them? The phone rings and
Skinner gets the DNA report on Miller. Scully talks with Miller, who is still
at her home. It’s all been a good act, she says. He knew that the files were
at her home and he was just pretending. Miller claims that William is part
alien. She demands to know who he really is. Doggett and Reyes enter the
room. Miller’s DNA is a perfect match for Mulder’s. Scully still cannot
believe that it is really Mulder. The agents realize that Miller has slipped
out. Doggett chases Miller, finally catching him in an alley. Miller allows
himself to be taken back to Scully’s apartment, but he has picked up a small
package in the alley that Doggett does not notice.
Miller is given a tranquilizer so that he can sleep. The agents agree to
keep the situation a secret. They talk, trying to understand what is going
on. Scully says that you get to know a person in so many ways. She still
cannot accept that Miller is Mulder. Miller, however, has palmed the pills
and is still awake. He slips into William’s room and prepares a syringe with
a very long needle. The drug he prepares was in the package he picked up in
the alley. Scully hears William cry and rushes to his room. Miller is back
in his bed, but there is blood on William’s sheets and it is clear that Miller
has done something. Scully and Reyes rush William to a hospital emergency
room where doctors go to work on him. Doggett questions Miller and finds the
drug. After a long wait in the emergency room, Scully and Reyes are told
that William is fine. There is evidence that his skin was broken by the
injection. He has elevated levels of iron in his blood, but there are no
other effects. Scully now has everything figured out.
Miller is in an FBI interrogation room. Scully tells him that he is the
perfect example of all that is vile and disgusting in this world. Skinner
watches through the one-way glass. He also realizes who it is. Miller is
Jeffrey Spender. The DNA match was because Spender and Mulder are half
brothers. He injected William with a drug that is a form of magnetite.
Spender says that William is the one thing the aliens need. The injection
took William away from them, but it will never be over because they will
always know what William was and will never accept what he now is. Spender
hates his father, the Cigarette Smoking Man. Spender says that when his
father failed to prevent the alien colonization, he wanted nothing more than
to see the world fail, too. Spender, at least, thinks he has prevented the
colonization by transforming William. It was his form of revenge on his
father. Scully says she can protect William, but Spender disagrees, implying
that the conspiracy will try again to transform William. He asks Scully to
look at him and asks if that is what she wants for her son.
Scully is back at home, making a choice. She and Reyes talk. Reyes tries
to convince Scully that Spender was lying. Scully asks if she can really
insist that she can protect William, only to learn too late that she can’t.
William didn’t have a choice to come into this life. Scully doesn’t have a
choice in knowing what he is but she does have a choice about the life her
son will have. Shouldn’t she choose that he will never have to be afraid of
anyone or anything? She could never really promise him that. It is clear
that Scully has decided to give William up for adoption.
William’s new parents are those seen in the beginning of the episode.
The father finishes preparing the painted buffalos as a new crib mobile as
the mother puts William down in his crib. The mobile is placed over the
crib and the parents turn off the light and leave the room. William gazes
up at the mobile, smiling. As the episode ends, the mobile hangs
naturally above the crib.
At the Mount Weather Complex at Bluemont, Virginia, a helicopter lands.
Several men in suits exit the helicopter, including Fox Mulder. The men
board a bus that takes them through a doorway into an underground complex.
Inside, US Marine Corps officers meet them, but Mulder slips away. Using
an electronic key card, he penetrates deeper and deeper into secure areas. In
one room he activates a computer console and enters a password. The screen
shows the text "December 22, 2012...Date for the mobilization of alien....."
Knowel Rorer enters the chamber and finds the computer that Mulder was using.
Mulder jumps him and they struggle, but Mulder breaks away and runs. At the
end of a hallway, a figure opens a door, letting Mulder through, then locks
it so Rorer can't get through. the figure is Alex Krycek. "No -- you're dead,"
says Mulder. Alarms sound and Mulder runs on. He is trapped on a catwalk and
Rorer approaches him. They struggle again and Mulder manages to flip Rorer
over a catwalk railing. Rorer falls several stories to electrical cables
below and is electrocuted. As Mulder pulls himself back up onto the
catwalk, Marine guards have their guns on him.
Mulder is in solitary confinement where he is being brainwashed. He is abused
and kept from sleeping by uniformed troops. They eventually get him to say
that he entered the government facility illegally to find something that
wasn’t there and that he deserves the harshest punishment for his crime.
Scully and Skinner enter the Marine Corps brig. They don’t know how long
Mulder has been there, but he is being held for the murder of a military
man. When they enter his cell, watched by a Marine guard, Mulder is
unemotional and it seems that the brainwashing has worked. He says they
are treating him well and he is clear about the crimes he has committed.
Scully is confused by his reactions. After Scully and Skinner leave,
Krycek appears in Mulder’s cell.
Doggett and Reyes talk with Scully and Skinner. Mulder is accused of
killing Rorer, but Doggett saw Rorer killed earlier. They know that Rorer
is a supersoldier and cannot really be killed. They won’t be able to
produce the body. Scully leaves the room, to beg for mercy with “the man
upstairs.” Kersh talks with a Marine Corps general. The general will
allow the FBI to give Mulder a hearing in a military tribunal, but the
general wants a guilty verdict. Mulder is a crusader but a lot of people
don’t like crusaders. Kersh reluctantly agrees. Scully and Skinner
return to Mulder’s cell. There is no guard present this time and Mulder
makes a Hannibal Lector joke. Mulder says he has to put on an act because
of what they do to him if he doesn’t. Mulder and Scully engage in a long
hug and an extended kiss. Skinner then tells Mulder that he is in big
trouble. Mulder wants Skinner to represent him and says that they can’t
try him without exposing themselves. Doggett and Reyes enter and say that
they have identified where Rorer’s body is being held, at Fort Marlene.
Later, Scully returns to Mulder’s cell. She needs him to confide in her
or they will lose. Mulder thinks he can’t win. Scully is scared, but
Mulder says he knows what he is doing. Skinner told him about William
being given up for adoption. Scully is afraid Mulder will never forgive
her, but he says he knows she had no chance. He has been in New Mexico,
looking for the truth. When Scully asks what he found, Mulder smiles and
says he cannot tell her.
The military tribunal is ready to begin in a spartan hearing room. The
prosecutor is an FBI lawyer. The five judges are FBI executives. Kersh
presides. The prosecutor will call no witnesses, but introduces the sworn
statements of 30 scientists who witnessed Mulder killing Rorer. Skinner
moves for dismissal or delay because he can’t find his key witness, Marita
Covarubius, but Kersh tells him that it is a military tribunal and he must
proceed. Scully testifies first. As a scientist she came to believe in
extra-terrestrial life and in a government conspiracy to hide the fact
from the public. She believes that life came to Earth millions of years
ago in a meteor from Mars, and along with it came an alien virus. It
infected life on Earth, but that life died in the last ice age. The virus
lay dormant in underground oil reservoirs. It resurfaced in contemporary
times and signaled to other aliens who crashed at Roswell in 1947. The
government captured aliens, obtained alien technology, and learned of
alien plans to retake planet Earth. She also describes how she was
abducted in 1994 by the military for experiments. The prosecutor
demonstrates that Scully has no proof and accuses that she and Mulder
were lovers and that she got pregnant and had Mulder’s love child. Scully
has no good response to that accusation.
Skinner calls Jeffrey Spender who testifies that his father led the
conspiracy to hide the existence of extraterrestrials. Spender and
Mulder are half brothers. He describes how Bill Mulder was killed and
how Samantha was abducted and experimented on. Spender didn’t know of
his father’s crimes when he went to work for the FBI. The prosecutor
counters with Spender’s FBI written reports about Mulder, which are not
complimentary. In Weed Hope, NM, a Native American youth rides his
motorcycle up to a shack. Gibson Praise is inside. They have learned
about Mulder. Gisbon will get ready to leave. Scully enters Mulder’s
cell. She wants Mulder to make a plea bargain but he refuses. This is
about the truth. Scully then urges Mulder to take the stand and testify,
but he refuses. Scully is not just fighting for Mulder - she is fighting
for the two of them, i.e, their relationship. After she leaves, X appears
in Mulder’s cell. X asks what Mulder is doing and Mulder says he is
putting the truth on trial. X says “they” have too much power to be
afraid. He gives Mulder a piece of paper with Marita’s address written
on it. Doggett, meanwhile, is at home on the phone to Fort Marlene,
trying to track down the Rorer’s body, but he is getting the run-around.
Reyes, also there, tells him that somebody is outside. They draw guns
and discover that it is the Native American youth. He didn’t want to
endanger “him,” meaning Gibson.
Marita takes the stand. Her former position with the United Nations
allowed her to further the interests of the conspirators, who called
themselves The Syndicate. They were working to develop a vaccine
against the alien virus, tracking subjects in the human population
through their vaccination scars. She saw people in Russia actually
amputate their arms to keep from being tracked. She came to hate the
Syndicate but was found out and made a test subject. The Syndicate was
trying to save only themselves but a group of renegade aliens who avoided
infection by self-mutilation destroyed the conspirators. She resisted
testifying before the tribunal because the conspiracy continues, conducted
by others. The supersoldiers, like Rorer, are alien replacements. Krycek
appears to Mulder, but nobody else in the room can see him. Krycek tells
Mulder that “they” will kill Marita if she testifies further. Mulder
insists that Skinner dismiss Marita, just as Skinner is beginning to press
her for more details on the identity of the supersoldiers. Doggett enters
the tribunal room and confers with Skinner, telling him that Gibson Praise
is there to testify. Gibson testifies that he has been hiding Mulder in
the desert for the last year. Gibson asserts that he can read minds. He
looks around the room, reading the minds of everyone there. He says that
one of the judges is an alien. Mulder jumps up, shouting that he wants
the judge examined. Mulder struggles and is forcibly removed from the
room. (End of the first hour of this two-hour episode.)
Marine guards deliver Mulder to a conference room to talk with Doggett,
Reyes and Skinner. Gibson is with Scully and is safe. Gibson feels that
three of the judges are wavering. They encourage Mulder to testify.
When he again declines, Doggett and Reyes say they will testify. Doggett
goes first. He testifies about the supersoldiers and says that Rorer was
one of them. Mulder couldn’t have killed him because the only way to do
that is with a rare metal, magnetite. On cross examination, the prosecutor
points out that it is the basis of Mulder’s case tat these supersoldiers
are aliens. Doggett is unable to swear that he believes that the
supersoldiers are aliens. Reyes testifies. She describes how Scully
was surrounded by aliens as she was giving birth, including one that was
shot at point blank range but didn’t die. Scully was one of many women
who were used as surrogates. The child was important to the supersoldiers
because of his powers. William, of course, cannot be produced to
demonstrate these powers. When the prosecutor dismisses Reyes, she offers
an outburst - what is the point here? To find the truth or to destroy
the truth so nobody can find it? She looks directly at Kersh and says,
“either way, you lose.”
That night, Doggett and Reyes rush up to Scully’s apartment. Doggett
finally found somebody at Fort Marlene who didn’t know he was supposed
to give Doggett the run-around. The alleged body of Rorer has been moved
to Quantico and Scully needs to examine it. Doggett will stay with
Gibson. Scully and Reyes go to Quantico where they see the burned body.
Scully sands Reyes to get Rorer’s military medical records. Scully goes
to the tribunal and testifies that based on her tests, the body isn’t
Rorer. Kersh orders her removed from the tribunal because she examined
the body without authority. The room erupts and Kersh shouts that the
trial is adjourned. Later, the five judges reenter the room. They have
a verdict - guilty of first-degree murder. Mulder is allowed to speak
before the sentence is passed. He congratulates them on succeeding where
so many others have failed. Liars do not fear the truth if there are
enough liars. No one lie can be buried forever. As much as they try to
bury it, the truth is out there. Mulder sees the spirits of Krycek and
X standing behind the judges as he speaks. Mulder tells the judges that
they are getting rid of their headache, but only at the expense of
cutting off their own heads. Scully, Doggett and Reyes wait at Scully’s
apartment for the news. Skinner phones. The sentence is death by lethal
injection. Scully cries.
Rorer drives up to the Marine Corps brig and is admitted. Doggett and
Skinner enter Mulder’s cell - they are breaking him out. Skinner has keys
and they run through the hallways. Rorer enters Mulder’s cell, and finds
him missing. The alarm is sounded. As the three fugitives try to escape,
the meet Kersh who tells them that they will never get out the way they
are trying. Kersh says he is doing what he should have done all along.
He helps them get through a cut in the chain link fence of the Marine base
and into a waiting vehicle. They drive to where Scully, Reyes and Gibson
ware waiting with another vehicle. Kersh tells them to drive north to
Canada and get an airplane. They must get off the continent to be safe.
Mulder and Scully drive off, but Mulder heads south. He is going to see
a man about the truth. Doggett and Reyes take Gibson to the X-Files
office, but the file cabinets and furniture have been removed. Skinner
knows and he is trying to get to the bottom of it. They all go the
Kersh’s office and are met at the door by an agent previously shown to be
a supersoldier. Only Skinner is allowed to enter. Gibson says that the
agent knows where Mulder and Scully are going and “they” are going to kill
Mulder and Scully are on the Texas-New Mexico border. Mulder stops the
car, kissing Scully as she sleeps. He gets out of the car to urinate.
The spirits of the Lone Gunmen greet him. They ask him why he would risk
perfect happiness. Mulder needs to know if he can change the truth. He
gets back into the car and drives on. Mulder and Scully arrive at an
ancient Anasazi pueblo. They see smoke from a fire - someone is living
on an upper level of the pueblo. Mulder and Scully climb the ladders.
A Navajo woman is cooking. Mulder says he was sent a message and a key
to the Marine facility by a wise man who lives in the ruins - the Keeper
of the Truth. Doggett and Reyes are in a helicopter, flying across the
desert, looking for Mulder and Scully. Mulder and Scully are ushered
into the presence of the wise man - it is the Cigarette Smoking Man, with
long gray hair and still with a tracheotomy device in his throat. He says
that Mulder now knows the truth, which he found in the Marine base, but
Mulder refuses to speak it, even though it could save his life. Indian
wise men hid in this pueblo as their own culture was destroyed by the
aliens. The pueblo contains magnetite, which makes it safe against the
aliens. Those wise men were the first “shadow government.” The Cigarette
Smoking Man wants to tell Scully his story - a story that has terrified
every President since Truman. The Mayans were so afraid that their
calendar stops on the date of the final alien invasion, December 22,
2012. Mulder saw the date at Mount Weather where our own secret
government will be hiding when the invasion happens. The Cigarette
Smoking Man protected Mulder all those years, waiting for this final
moment. Broken and afraid, now you can die, the Smoking Man says.
As two black helicopters fly through desert canyons, Doggett and Reyes are
dropped off from their own helicopter. As they approach the pueblo, Rorer
drives up in another vehicle. He approaches them and Doggett fires at him.
Rorer is not affected by the gunshot to the chest, but as he continues forward, the magnetite affects him. He zooms into the rock and explodes with a puff of dust. Doggett and
Reyes run on and meet Mulder and Scully, running out of the pueblo. They
know you are here and you have to get out, Doggett tells them. Mulder
and Scully won’t get into their own vehicle, but grab Rorer’s and drive
off. Doggett and Reyes leave in Mulder and Scully’s original vehicle.
The black helicopters arrive and use rockets to destroy the pueblo. One
rocket impacts directly on the room where the Smoking Man sits, exploding
the chamber in a ball of flame.
In Roswell, New Mexico, Mulder and Scully are in a motel room. It isn’t
said, but the implication is that the government thinks they are dead,
killed at the pueblo. Scully, in a bathrobe, is on the bed. Mulder sits
on the floor. Mulder recalls sitting in a motel room like this when they
first met. He wanted to convince her of the truth and he eventually did,
but he has been chasing after monsters with a butterfly net. He didn’t
tell her what he had learned because he didn’t want to accept defeat. He
was afraid it would crush her spirit. She asks why she would accept it
if he won’t. You only fail if you give up and Scully knows Mulder won’t
give up, even now. If this is the truth he has been looking for, what
else is to believe, she asks. He replies that he wants to believe that
the dead are not lost to us, and if we listen to them they can give us
the power to save ourselves. Scully says, “we believe the same thing.”
Mulder moves to the bed and they hold each other. “Maybe there’s hope,”
he says as the episode and the TV series ends.
The dawning of The New Age, as believed by the Red Museum.
In Patient X, in 1998, the members of the consortium indicate that
they thought they were fifteen years away from the beginning of the
colonization, placing that event in 2012 or 2013.
The end of the calendar of the Aztec people, who worship lizard
gods. (Archeological accounts)
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